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Published October 02, 2009, 04:14 PM

Ramsey County Expecting 40 H1N1 Vaccine Doses

The state of North Dakota will receive its first supply of the H1N1 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray called FluMist. Of those 4-thousand doses...40 will go to Ramsey County.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

The state of North Dakota will receive its first supply of the H1N1 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray called FluMist.

Of those 4-thousand doses...40 will go to Ramsey County.

Since those in charge of administering the vaccine only found out yesterday about this first shipment...they are still making plans as to who gets the vaccine and when.

North Dakota should receive more than 380-thousand doses of the H1N1 vaccine. But the first shipments arriving next week will be small.

"We will of course be doing direct patient care providers first, said

Maribeth Bradley, Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital.

Bradley says there are about 100 employees at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake who would need the vaccine. The doses were ordered today and should arrive next week.

"Next on the list will be pregnant women, young children up to age 24," said Candace Carlson, Public Information Officer.

But not necessarily in that order. Carlson says the number of vaccines that arrive will help determine the next group of people to be vaccinated. It may also determine whether vaccine dispensing sites are set up at schools

"Each week there will be more coming in but we don't know at what point we'll be able to focus on students," said Carlson.

The Devils Lake school district hopes to send vaccination information home with students. That way parents and guardians can decide if they want their child vaccinated.

"The H1N1 vaccine will not be mandatory but it will be highly, highly encouraged," said Carlson.

As of last week there has been one reported case of the H1N1 virus in Ramsey County and one in Benson County.

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