H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) Immunization:
Update for Sept 22
We now have news to report on the H1N1 Influenza (swine flu)
immunization. Please note that this immunization program is
being designed by the US as an emergency program. We do
not order vaccine, the government distributes it. It will not be
available in the usual office appointment fashion, but more
as a special set of times once the facility that receives it has
it in hand. With all that in mind, here are the most recent facts:
- The immunization will come in nasal spray and shot form
- Children ages 10 and up need only one dose
- Children ages 6months through 9 years need 2 doses
- A regular flu shot and the H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) can be given on the same day
- Not so for regular flu nasal spray and H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) vaccine
- The H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) vaccine is made in the same way as the regular flu
- This means it should have the same, excellent safety profile
At this time, we still do not know if the H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) immunization
will be given via offices such as Advanced Pediatrics, or via schools.
We also should note that the H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) infection is now in
Cleveland. So far, it remains a very mild infection, of very little concern
medically, except for pregnant women and the very ill.
Please stay tuned for further updates. Within the next few weeks, the final
distribution of the H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) immunizations will be made and
we will know how many doses we will be given. No practice can purchase this
immunization, each will be assigned a fixed number.
Once that distribution is decided and we know how many doses Advanced
Pediatrics is to receive, we will know exactly how we will be offering
the H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) immunization, and will let you know as well.
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