Thursday, October 8, 2009

H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination begins

FluMist is appearing around the country and patients are receiving this nasal H1N1 vaccine. According to this story on CNN, every U.S. state has ordered H1N1 vaccines and 2.2 million doses have been ordered (there are only 2.4 million available). So, who's going to end up getting the H1N1 vaccine and who will be left behind?

Since pregnant women are unable to get FluMist, what will they get and when will they get it? What about kids less than 2 or adults over the age of 49?

There are still some unanswered questions regarding H1N1 vaccination but the CDC is making every attempt to educate health care providers and patients about the risks associated with swine flu this fall/winter. Let's hope that the vaccine gets distrubuted effectively so that people are protected this flu season.

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