H1N1 vaccine here but not enough

October 6, 2009 2:42:02 PM PDT
Wake County received doses of the nasal FluMist H1N1 vaccine Monday and Tuesday, but health officials say they don't have enough.The first shipment included 200 doses and Tuesday's shipment included an additional 3,300 nasal doses, bringing the total to 3,500.

"That's obviously not enough to hold a mass clinic," county spokesperson Will Glenn said. "We will distribute them based on priority."

The vaccine will be available in Wake County's health department clinics beginning Thursday.

Glenn said children will likely be the first to receive the vaccine.

For information on who should and who should not get vaccinated, click here.

"We obviously plan to get more, we're just not sure when they'll arrive," he said.

Last month Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford told county leaders Wake hoped to receive 135,000 doses by mid-October and more the following weeks.

According to Ledford, Wake County has identified more than 300,000 residents who would are considered high risk.

Health officials say they expect to get a shipment of vaccine each week through the end of the year.

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