Swine Flu Vaccines Now Being Administered on Hill

Posted October 21, 2009 at 2:38pm

Congressional employees who are in the “high-risk— groups for contracting the H1N1 virus can still get inoculated Wednesday at several locations in the Capitol complex.

The Office of the Attending Physician began administering the vaccines Wednesday in a “staged distribution.— So far, only three groups are getting vaccines: employees who are pregnant, those who live with infants less than 6 months old, or those who are younger than 18 years old and have a chronic medical condition.

Medical conditions that are high-risk for the swine flu include “chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus) and immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus),— according to the OAP Web site.

As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, employees belonging to one of the high-risk groups could get a vaccine at these locations:

• The Capitol, Room S-153

• Cannon House Office Building, Room 110

• Longworth House Office Building, Room 1204

• Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-344

• Ford House Office Building, Room 145

• Hart Senate Office Building, Room 124

• Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC100

• Postal Square Building, Room 6203

In an advisory sent to staffers Tuesday, Attending Physician Brian Monahan said that as his office gets more vaccines, it will offer them to more groups. Up-to-date information on where and when vaccines are being offered is available here for those in the Capitol complex.

“Eventually,— he wrote in the advisory, “anyone with a Congressional identification card will be able to receive the vaccine.—