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Tue, Dec. 10

Shipments of H1N1 flu vaccine arriving

The H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine continues to slowly make its way to Coconino County. Delays in vaccine production have resulted in lower than expected vaccine supplies throughout the country. Vaccine supply delays have caused adjustments to planned H1N1 (Swine) flu clinics scheduled at the Coconino County Health Department (CCHD).

"The county has received 10,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine. Of that total, 25 percent has been allocated to CCHD clinics and 75 percent has been distributed to health care providers throughout the county. We had expected to receive about 20,000 doses by this time so the total amount received is short of what we had anticipated," said Barbara Worgess, CCHD Director.

In an effort to provide vaccine to individuals in one of the highest priority categories, CCHD is scheduling clinics to be held in approximately 20 daycares and preschools throughout the County. Clinics begin this week at these facilities and will continue through the end of the year.

"Over 75 percent of our current H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine supplies have been distributed to private healthcare providers. Many providers are able to reach certain high risk patients such as OB/GYNs providing vaccines to pregnant women during their regular doctor visits and pediatric doctors providing vaccine to young children," Worgess said. "We want the vaccine to be readily available to the highest risk groups."

H1N1 (swine) flu injectable vaccine is not currently available at the Health Department.

H1N1 (swine) flu intranasal mist vaccine is available for healthy children aged 2 through 4-years-old, one of the first priority risk groups, at CCHD Clinics beginning Monday. Appointments are available while vaccine supplies last and clinic schedules are based on vaccine availability.

For more information regarding the availability of the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine call the CCHD Flu Information Line at (928) 679-7300 or toll-free at 1-877-679-7272 or visit www.coconino.az.gov/health.

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