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H1N1 clinic slated for expectant moms

Local pregnant women can receive the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine during a public clinic Monday in Fargo, local health officials announced Thursday. Fargo Cass Public Health will host the free clinic from 2 to 6 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out...

Local pregnant women can receive the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine during a public clinic Monday in Fargo, local health officials announced Thursday.

Fargo Cass Public Health will host the free clinic from 2 to 6 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out, at Atonement Lutheran Church, 4601 S. University Drive.

About 1,000 doses of the injectable H1N1 vaccine are available for the clinic. Only pregnant women are eligible to participate.

"It is important for pregnant women to be vaccinated against H1N1," Innovis Health obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Jan Bexell-Gierke said in a statement. "This illness can cause high complications during pregnancy."

MeritCare Health System and Innovis Health have previously said pregnant women also were receiving the H1N1 vaccine during their regularly scheduled appointments, as vaccine was available.

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Fargo Cass Public Health advises participants to dress appropriately because there might be lines outside. They should also wear appropriate clothing under jackets, such as a short-sleeved shirt or a removable sweater.

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