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Sedgwick County hires temporary staff to deal with H1N1 outbreak

To combat a second wave of H1N1, the Sedgwick County Health Department will hire 20 temporary workers.

The cost — about $196,000 — will be paid by a federal grant filtered through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Sedgwick County has received $2.1 million in grant money to respond to H1N1.

A temporary vaccination center opened today for pregnant women and healthcare workers. It will be open from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m. through Saturday or until vaccine runs out.

The center will be open for all other target groups next week. Hours will be 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday or until the vaccine runs out.

The target group, in order, is:Healthcare workers, pregnant women, children 6 months through 4 years old, children 5 to 18 years old with a medical condition that puts them at greater risk and caregivers for babies up to 6 months old.