Mesa County gets first shipment of H1N1 vaccine

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Mesa County's first shipment of H1N1 vaccines has arrived and officials have a distribution plan in place.

The shipment of 1,400 doses arrived Thursday. Officials say of the 1,400 doses the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has set aside 800 doses for area hospitals to give to their staff that directly care for patients.

The remaining doses will be given to those in a priority group between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at the Mesa County Health Department, 510 29 Road.

According to the health department, this first distribution of 2009 intranasal H1N1 vaccine in Mesa County is only for healthy people between 2 and 49, are not pregnant and fall into one of the following categories:
-people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old
-health care and emergency medical services personnel who provide direct patient care
-children 2 to 4-years-old

All other immunizations at the Health Department will be suspended until Tuesday, Oct. 13. The department is closed Monday, Oct. 12 because of a county furlough.

More information on the H1N1 vaccine in the county can be found on the county's Web site by clicking the link below.

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  • by Heather Fritz Location: Fruita on Oct 9, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    I love how the first doses are being set aside for the people least likely to need it. "Healthy people between 2 and 49 who are not pregnant." The vast majority of people who have died have either been pregnant or had a compromised immune system to start with. It makes absolutely no sense to me to vaccinate healthy people to start with when according to WHO's own numbers, they have a 99.99% chance of surviving this flu. The symptoms are so similar to the ordinary flu that the only way to tell the difference is by ordering a flu swab. But, people respond to fear and this is a money making racket.
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