Shot clinics for athletes, overseas travelers close temporarily

On Oct. 7, the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment will temporarily close its two clinics that provide immunizations for school children, youth sports athletes and those planning to travel overseas.

The staff members are needed to help administer swine flu vaccinations.

Re-opening dates have not been determined, but in the meantime, those needing immunizations can dial 211 or 955-0742 for alternative clinic information.

The Pikes Peak 2-1-1 number is a free, confidential information and referral service.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes the public,” public health director Kandi Buckland said. “At this time, we simply do not have enough staff to launch an effective H1N1 community vaccination plan and at the same time continue offering the level of services we would normally provide. Depending on the circumstances, more services may need to be scaled back or closed temporarily.”

The department lists its H1N1 program as its “top priority” this fall.

One Response to Shot clinics for athletes, overseas travelers close temporarily

  1. Everyone talks about swine flu, however especially the media should be more responsible in its reporting by studying the origins of such a “novel” strain. Also, why no one seems to know that there is a lawsuit pending for one of the manufacturers shipped live flu to Austria. Lets be real and have more dialogue and researc h into this serious situation for our well-being is at stake.

    Theresa Niel
    September 27, 2009 at 10:53 am