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H1N1 vaccine is on its way!

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The first doses of the H1-N1 nasal spray vaccine are coming to a health department near you! In Muscogee County, the initial 11-hundred doses should arrive later this week. But it's not for everyone.

"The C-D-C will be targeting healthy two-to-4 year olds with this vaccine. So our initial doses will be restricted to just healthy children who are between the ages of 2-to-4 year olds. So just be patient,"says Pam Fair with The Columbus Health Department.

While the initial doses are targeted for a certain group. Fair says everyone who wants the H1N1 injection vaccine will get it. "This is not the week, not the time for you to get it, if you're an adult, certainly if we begin to see more supplies of the vaccine, including the flu shot as well as the nasal spray, then individuals will be able to get the vaccine, says Fair."

But keep in mind that the nasal spray isn't recommended for everyone like those with weak immune systems or those with longterm health problems.

As the vaccine trickles in on a week to week basic the CDC has a list of recommendations as to who gets vaccinated first. But that's subject to change. "The CDC has recommendations or groups of people they are going to priotorize for the vaccine, as it comes in. Of course those recommendations could change, says Fair.

The Russell County and Lee County Health Departments are expecting to receive their vaccines mid to late October. The Columbus Health Department will hold a press conference Thursday to release all the details of the vaccine they anticipate to receive.

 

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