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Published October 12, 2009, 03:30 PM

First Shipment of H1N1 Vaccine Arrives

Health Care providers in our area now have the H1N1 vaccine, but as of right now, there aren't any doses of the vaccine available to the general public.

By: Jessica Dugan, WDAZ

Health Care providers in our area now have the H1N1 vaccine, but as of right now, there aren't any doses of the vaccine available to the general public.

Grand Forks Public Health just received its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccine, but don't plan on going to get vaccinated against the virus just yet. They got just 10 doses and all of them are spoken for.

Kathy Dunn: "it isn't very much and its not very much for anybody at this time, but eventually there will be enough to cover everyone, but its coming in small shipments to start with."

The state health department decides who should be vaccinated first and health care workers who have regular contact with sick people are the top priority for the vaccine. As more doses become available, health care providers tell the state health department how many and what kind of vaccine they want and the health department sends out what they think is needed.

Kathy Dunn: "if you are a provider and you receive a sanife pasture vaccine that should be targeted at children six months to 18 years of age at this time. If you receive the navartis inactivated vaccine, that is earmarked for pregnant women at this time, and then the flu mist is for health care workers who actually see sick people."

Grand Forks Public Health says a larger shipment of the vaccine is scheduled to be sent to providers sometime soon and that people should try to get vaccinated as soon as they are able to.

Kathy Dunn: "As soon as it becomes available, that would be my recommendation would be to get the vaccine because that's the number one way to protect yourself from the seasonal flu or the H1N1 flu."

Polk County Public Health also say they got a shipment of the vaccine as well.

Altru says they are still deciding how to distribute the vaccine.

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