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800 doses of H1N1 vaccine available in Columbus

by Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Health Department has confirmed 2 deaths associated with influenza; the swine flu and the other, seasonal flu.  The reported cases are still increasing according to Pamela Fair, Public Information Officer.  Fair says so far, they have administered 170 doses of the nasal mist for the swine flu with 800 doses still on hand. Distribution has been lower than expected.

"The response has been slow and with the President making the declaration a national emergency, hopefully it will encourage people to learn more about the 2009 H1N1 flu and educate themselves," says Fair.   

Fair also says skepticism and the unknown about the swine flu vaccination are perhaps preventing people from getting the H1N1 vaccine, although it's made the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine.

The Health Department is out of the regular flu vaccine. All 1100 doses went very fast, according to Fair.

The lack of  flu vaccines is raising concern for some people like, Lois Williams, a retired nurse.  "I'm not in a panicky mood about it, but I am a little concerned because babies get sick, the elderly get sick and I just hope those that need it can get it in time," says Williams.

Dainaisecia Neal, a college student, says she doesn't plan to get the regular nor the swine flu vaccines. "It's expected, people are scared, it's an epidemic so it's expected to be a shortage."

The Health Department is waiting to get more of the seasonal flu vaccine. Fair says they expect to get a limited amount, but are not sure when the vaccine will arrive.

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