County launches flu Vaccine on Wheels project

SOUTHGATE — About 230 preschool children from the Head Start program at The Guidance Center, Aquinas School site will receive the vaccine for the H1N1 virus starting at 10 a.m. Friday as part of the Vaccine on Wheels project.

The project has been launched by the Wayne County Department of Health and Human Services to make the vaccine more easily available to targeted populations, such as children 3 to 4 years of age.

Department employees will administer the vaccine at various Wayne County Head Start locations. For the kickoff, the county will use its Homeland Security Command Post, a 40-foot-long vehicle equipped with the latest technology, to help administer the vaccine.

To date, the county has provided about 150,000 doses of the vaccine for the H1N1 virus through its clinics and providers. Last weekend, more than 6,000 doses were administered at clinics in Livonia and Hamtramck.

Parents will accompany children to be vaccinated in the mobile unit and the school, where they will be joined by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

The Guidance Center’s Aquinas site is at 15601 North Line Road.