Health officials: Mesa County getting first shipment of H1N1 vaccine next week

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Mesa County Health Department officials say they've just gotten word that we're on the list to get our first shipment of H1N1 vaccines the week of October 7.

Officials say the county will receive 1,300 doses of the live (intranasal) vaccine known as flu mist. The vaccine is only for healthy people who don't have certain health conditions.

They say the first shipment will only be given to high priority groups because of the type of vaccine and the limited quantity. The groups are: health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact, those who live with or care for infants less than six months old and children ages two to four.

The Health Department is working to set up distribution details and 11 News will bring you that information as it becomes available.

Centers for Disease Control officials don't anticipate a shortage of the vaccine in 2009, but say initially limited quantities of the vaccine will be available. Mesa County anticipates future shipments off both the injectable and flu mist vaccine that will be given to people in other priority groups.

Mesa County health officials say people in that first priority group should get the vaccine as soon as it arrives as H1N1 has been confirmed in Mesa County and time is of the essence. They say the vaccine's safety profile is similar to the seasonal flu vaccine and has been approved by the FDA.

For more information on the vaccines and H1N1 in Mesa County, click the link below.

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