After a weaker than anticipated crowd showed up for the free swine flu vaccines in New York City over the weekend, the Health Department said it will continue to offer the free vaccines throughout the week.
The Health Department said that only 3,495 were vaccinated last weekend and 9,000 elementary school children have been vaccinated at schools as part of its school program.
Who is eligible for the free Swine Flu Vaccines?
The shots were first made available for free for mothers and children, but now the Health Department said it has expanded it to include anyone between the ages of 4 and 64. Pregnant women and mothers of newborn children up to 6 months of age are also allowed to take the shots.
How many vaccines are available?
New York City received 800,000 doses of vaccine for swine flu in the beginning of November, according to Bloomberg. Out of those, 39 percent or 312,00 vaccines have been allocated to school programs.
About 38 million doses are now available to states, according to the FDA Web Site.
Where can I go to get the Swine Flu Vaccination?
To locate a vaccination center in New York, click on http://www.nyc.gov/flu or call 311, the city's information hotline.
Alternatively, you can use Google's Flu Map. Google recently teamed up with the Department of Health and Human Services to create a map function that shows users where to get the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine, the seasonal shot or both by entering in your zip code.
The flu shot locator is still in initial phases, and currently only has data for about 20 U.S. states, but developers say they are working to update the map with information for the entire country.