The Northside Christian Health Center will hold three free H1N1 Flu vaccination clinics in the coming weeks at various Northside schools.

The schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday, Jan. 21, 2:30 – 6 p.m. at Northview Elementary (310 Mount Pleasant Road, Northview Heights)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Manchester Elementary (1612 Manhattan Street, Manchester)
  • Friday, Feb. 5, 2:30 – 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Elementary (50 Montgomery Place, Allegheny Center)

Students over four years of age, their parents and staff of the Pittsburgh Public Schools can go to any of the clinics to receive a free vaccine for the new strain of flu virus. 

Shalena Lewis, a medical assistant at the Northside Christian Health Center, said that because of the large number of people in close contact each day, infection rates are higher in schools.

Some groups have a greater chance of infection than others, and should be sure to get vaccinated, Lewis said. High-risk groups include asthmatics, diabetics, cancer patients, pregnant woman and those suffering from chronic obsessive pulmonary disease, which is similar to bronchitis.

Children under the age of eight need to be vaccinated twice, and the vaccines should be received 28 days apart.

For more information on the flu, H1N1 and how to prevent it, please visit www.flu.gov.