All appointments to get the vaccine are booked in New Castle County, but there are some slots still available in southern Delaware.
Delaware health officials will hold H1N1 vaccination in all three counties this weekend for state residents in one of the at-risk groups. Those at risk include infants and children six months to 4 years old. Also at risk are pregnant women and people with chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
All 994 appointments in New Castle County have already been taken, but slots are still available in Kent and Sussex County. 82 spots are available in Kent County, while more than 534 appointments are still open in Sussex.
Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says the clinics are the most efficient and convenient way to get those who are at risk vaccinated. “We want to avoid people who are already at high risk for the flu having to stand in long lines in the cold and rain.” Getting those at risk, especially those with other medical problems, has been a priority for Division of Public Health. That’s because all five Delawareans who’ve died from H1N1 complications have had underlying health conditions that made their sickness fatal.