Is there enough H1N1 vaccine?

October 6, 2009 2:46:54 AM PDT
Doctors and health departments expect to begin receiving shipments of the swine flu vaccine this week, but some wonder will there be enough to go around.Michael Wilson said he made sure his 4-year-old daughter, Mary, and her brother got their seasonal flu shots and said he hopes to get them the H1N1 shot soon.

"You got a lot of germs and everything like that around so we need it," he said.

But getting the H1N1 vaccination may not be that simple or fast.

Durham County's health director said they received only a couple hundred doses of the vaccine.

"I was at a state conference last week and the state health director said it could be late November early December before we get the bulk of the shipments," Durham County Health Director Gail Harris said.

Some like Briana Millage, who is seven months pregnant, worry that could be too late.

"Because I want to stay healthy, I don't want to get sick and I am having a baby," she said.

Health officials have said pregnant women, children over six months old, first responders and health care workers and people with chronic health conditions will get priority.

Nationwide the government had hoped to have 120 million swine flu doses available by mid-October, but with everyone scrambling to get the vaccination, the demand has produced a temporary shortage.

While Durham County health officials along with other health agencies plan mass vaccination clinics, some said they don't even want the vaccine.

"I'm around people all day, I wear gloves, sanitize my hands," mother Ashley Farmer said.

Health department officials continue to say hygiene is important and the vaccine is key to staying healthy this flu season.

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