Those groups include pregnant women, persons who live with or provide care for infants less than 6 months old (parents, siblings and daycare providers) and healthcare and emergency medical service personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material.
Other priority groups are children ages 6 months through 4 and youth ages 5 through 18 with medical conditions that put them at risk for influenza-related complications.
Medical conditions that confer a higher risk for influenza-related complications include chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus) or immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus).
“If you or your child falls into one of these categories, call the health department at 620-382-2550 or 800-305-8848 and schedule your appointment,” Serene said.
In addition, the Marion County Health Department will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day, she said.