The Union County Health Department has been working in high gear over the past month to distribute as much H1N1 vaccine as it can.

The Union County Health Department has been working in high gear over the past month to distribute as much H1N1 vaccine as it can.

While first responders, pregnant women and care givers were the only groups eligible to receive the first few shipments of the vaccine in the county, children and young adults will be added to that list next week.

Union County Health Department public information officer Jennifer Thrush said the county has managed to disseminate about half of the H1N1 doses it has received so far.

"We've received about 2,000 doses of vaccine as of Oct. 28, and we've distributed about 1,000 of those so far," she said.

Health Department officials hope to distribute the remainder of the vaccine between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3.

The next Union County H1N1 vaccine clinic takes place Tuesday at North Union Middle School, 12555 Mulvane Road, Richwood. The clinic takes place from 3:30 to 7 p.m., and is open for children, age six months to 18 years. Thrush said clinic visitors should use the school's west parking lot and entrance.

November's second vaccination clinic will take place on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the old Marysville Middle School, 833 N. Maple St. According to health department officials, that clinic will be open to all five high risk groups, which includes pregnant women, all healthcare workers and EMS workers with direct patient care, caregivers and household contacts (parents, siblings and daycare providers) of children under six months of age, children age six months through 24 years, and adults age 25 through 64 with a chronic medical condition such as asthma, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, morbid obesity, etc. The vaccine is free, according to Thrush. Pregnant women need to provide a letter from their doctor indicating that it is alright for them to receive the vaccine. People in any of the other high risk groups do not need to show ID or proof of their high risk group, Thrush said.

More information on the H1N1 vaccine clinics in Union County is available by calling the Health Department at (937) 642-0801.