The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says a vaccine for the H1N1 "Swine" flu could be available in the state as early as mid-October.
State officials say thanks to $5 million in federal funding, they are making the necessary preparations for the delivery of the vaccine.
They say it is expected a "significant portion" of the state's population will be advised to get vaccinated -- among those, school age children, young children in pre-school and day care programs, adults younger than 65 with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and health care workers.
"It is going to be important for residents to pay attention to public health messages this fall and winter, because there will be a lot of information about the two types of flu vaccines that are expected to be available," said Dr. Ned Calonge, Chief Medical Officer at the CDPHE. "The information will assist residents with the plans they need to make for getting the vaccinations they need, and staying safe at home, school and work."
The Mesa County Health Department says it's still too early to know when a vaccine could be available in the Grand Valley, because the state will have to produce it and approve it before it will be distributed.
Health officials say despite the attention H1N1 has received, it's important that residents continue to get their regular seasonal flu vaccines .