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H1N1 nasal vaccine arrives in limited supply

The local health department is giving an aerosol version of the H1N1 flu shot which is uncommon. Although only available in limited supplies, the shot should prove effective.

The Southeastern Utah District Health Department (SEUDHD) has received their first shipment of H1N1 Flu Mist. This first shipment is very limited and available in nasal spray form only.

"We encourage, especially the targeted groups, to get vaccinated," said David Cunningham, the local health officer for the department. "Vaccinations along with good personal precautions such as hand-washing help protect the entire community from infectious diseases".

Flu Mist is the trademark name for a quick nasal spray version of the H1N1 vaccine.

H1N1 Flu Mist is not for everyone. This vaccine is approved and recommended for healthy people who are from two to 24 years of age. It is also for those that are 25 to 49 years of age, who live with or care for infants younger than six months of age or are health care or emergency medical personnel.

H1N1 Flu Mist is currently available in limited supply and is available at the five offices located in the four counties SEUDHD serves. The vaccine is free, but SEUDHD may bill insurances for administration fees. People who want the vaccine administered are being asked to bring their insurance cards with them.

It is anticipated that more vaccine both H1N1 Flu Mist and injectable will arrive on a weekly basis. As more is made available the health department will work closely with local partners to provide the vaccine throughout the community to those who are at highest risk for getting H1N1.

Those with the highest risk involving H1N1 are pregnant women, those with household contact of those six months or younger, children age six months to adults that are 24 years old, those under the age of 64 with chronic medical conditions and health care workers with direct patient contact.




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