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First shipments of H1N1 vaccines arrive

October 16, 2009

The first H1N1 vaccines have reached the United States and distribution has begun.  All of the doses received October 13, 2009 were in the form of a nasal spray.  With so much news coverage on the H1N1 virus, clinics are seeing large turnouts of individuals looking to get vaccinated.

In Washington, a large crowd overflowed the Montgomery County H1N1 flu clinic on Silver Spring Wednesday, October 14. The site commander Cindy Edwards of Montgomery’s Department of Health and Human Services said, “We’re busy, more busy than we thought, we haven’t had a chance to breathe.” The clinic believes the incredible overflow may also have to do with the Silver Spring clinic offering vaccine injections as well. Most other clinics are only offering the nasal spray at this point.

An issue has risen with the nasal mist vaccine, it may not be safe for women who are pregnant or anyone with underlying medical conditions. This is an issue because pregnant women are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to receive vaccines first along with “health care and emergency medical personnel, people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months, anyone from 6 months to 24 years of age and people age 25 to 64 years with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.”

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