Charlotte, N.C. – The Mecklenburg County Health Department is now accepting appointments for anyone who wishes to be protected from the H1N1 virus.Appointments are available beginning Monday, December 7, 2009, and can be scheduled now by calling (704) 432-5100between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or online 24 hours a day at www.meckhealth.org. The appointment system allows our clients, particularly those in vulnerable populations, to receive the vaccine without having to stand in long lines. Vaccine shipments have become more plentiful in recent weeks, allowing the health department to advance to the next level in keeping the community safe. Parents are reminded that children through age 9 should get two doses of vaccine about a month apart. Older children and adults need only one dose. Residents are still encouraged to check with their personal medical provider for vaccine availability. Many pharmacies and grocery store pharmacies are also receiving limited quantities of the H1N1 vaccine for public distribution. Prevention and good personal hygiene can help you stay healthy this flu season. Frequent hand-washing, covering your cough and staying home when sick are keys to good health. For more information about the flu and protecting yourself and your family, go to www.meckhealth.org. In Mecklenburg County, call 311.