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H1N1 vaccine available for all

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Center for Disease Control relaxes restrictions on who can get vaccinated.

The CDC is opening up the option for the H1N1 vaccine to the general public.

A few target groups have been getting the vaccine, but now anyone older than six months can receive the shot or nasal spray.

Pam Fair, from the West Central Georgia Health District, says they now have an adequate supply of the vaccine and want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get it, "Basically they'll go through a screening list to make sure what their medical conditions are and decided whether they need the option of the nasal spray or the actual shot form of the vaccine. It's free of charge here at the Health Department, we do not charge."

Fair tells us the Health Department will bill Medicare, Medicaid, or insurance, but the patient will not have to pay out of pocket.

By the end of the week most private physicians who requested the vaccine should have their supply.

Although fewer H1N1 cases have been reported recently, doctors still advise people to practice the preventative measures.

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