San Luis Valley-All Public Health Agencies in the San Luis Valley have made H1N1 vaccine available to the general public. After weeks of delivering vaccine to priority groups only, the vaccine is now available to all those seeking immunization to H1N1.
Pat Perry, director of Rio Grande County Public Health Agency, stated, “We are pleased to finally be able to offer this vaccine to the public without priority restrictions. This is especially important as the holidays are upon us.  Increased travel and social gatherings are a likely time to spread illnesses such as the flu,” Perry reminded.  “We encourage everyone to consider getting both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine.”
Seasonal and H1N1 vaccine are now available as long as supply lasts in each county in the San Luis Valley through both public health agencies and most healthcare providers.
As a reminder there are some people who should NOT receive the influenza vaccine without consulting with their healthcare provider. These include:
•    People allergic to eggs and persons who have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccination
•    People who got Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine
•    People who have a current  illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated)

Children less than 6 months of age are not eligible for influenza vaccine.

For more information on the vaccine contact your healthcare provider, local public health agency or go to . You may also call the COHelp line at 1-877-462-2911.