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H1N1 flu clinic scheduled Monday for pregnant women

FARGO - A free H1N1 vaccination clinic for pregnant women is scheduled from 2-6 p.m. Monday or until vaccine is gone, whichever comes first.

The clinic will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church at 4601 University Drive S. in Fargo, according to a news release from Fargo Cass Public Health.

There will be about 1000 doses of injectable vaccine available for pregnant women at this clinic.

"It is important for pregnant women to be vaccinated against H1N1," Dr. Jan Bexell-Gierke, OB/GYN for Innovis Health. "This illness can cause high complications during pregnancy and, ultimately, can lead to an increase three times the normal rate for hospitalization as well as an increase in the death rate for pregnant women."

The Monday clinic is only for pregnant women.

There also will be an H1N1 vaccination clinic Saturday for all infants and children ages 6 months through 4 years; and children ages 5 through 18 years of age who have a chronic medical condition.

The clinic will be held from 9a.m. to 1p.m. at the West Fargo High School at 801 9th St. E., West Fargo, or until vaccine runs out, whichever comes first.

There will be about 650 doses of injectable vaccine available at Saturday's clinic.

The following tips are suggested for those attending an H1N1 clinic:

- Wear appropriate clothing in case you have to stand in line outside.

- Wear comfortable shoes, appropriate for the weather.

- When receiving the shot, come prepared by wearing appropriate clothing under jackets, such as a short sleeve shirt or removable sweater.