The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency received a limited supply of H1N1 flu vaccine and has decided to offer the 600 doses to pregnant women.
Expectant mothers are given a high priority for the vaccine because of their susceptibility to influenza.
The county’s supply of vaccine has preservative containing mercury, which is not ideal for pregnant women. But the state Department of Public Health has approved a waiver for them to get the shots because of a national shortage of vaccine without the preservative.
County officials are asking that women first check to see if they can get an H1N1 flu shot from their obstetrician. Expectant mothers will need a referral from their doctor to get the flu shot from the Health Services Agency, which serves the county’s low-income population.
Vaccinations will be given at the county immunization clinic at 820 Scenic Drive in Modesto.
The clinic will be open to pregnant women in their third trimester today through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The clinic will be open to women in their second or third trimester Monday through Nov. 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Children are not allowed inside the clinic.
More information is available at stanemergency.com