October 05, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

First H1N1 Vaccine Arrives in Greene County

The first shipment of H1N1 vaccine arrived in Greene County this morning, ahead of schedule. The shipment contained 1,400 doses of live, attenuated vaccine, commonly known as nasal spray vaccine.

This vaccine is licensed for use in children ages 2 through adults age 49 who do not have any chronic medical conditions. It is not licensed for use in pregnant women, children under the age of 2 years old, adults over 49 or anyone with a chronic medical condition.

This first shipment will be offered to health care workers at high risk of unexpected exposure and to children ages 2-18 with no chronic medical conditions.  Parents of children in this group may begin calling their child’s health care provider Tuesday, October 6th for an update on vaccine availability. Health care workers should contact their employers.

“It is important to remember that more vaccine will soon be available, including the inactivated formulation, or flu shot,” says director of health Kevin Gipson.  “This first batch of H1N1 nasal spray vaccine will be quickly used up, but people should remain calm and be patient. We expect more doses to arrive weekly, and as they do, we will be able to vaccinate more members of our community against H1N1.”

The health department’s web page will provide updated information about the number of doses arriving, who they are targeted for and what people in those target groups should do to be vaccinated.

In the meantime, people are encouraged to follow proven disease prevention methods such as good hand washing, not touching their face and keeping a distance from others who are sick. People should also stay home when sick to avoid spreading viruses to others.

For more information call the public health information line at 417-864-1166 or visit www.springfieldmo.gov/health/  or www.fightthefluMO.com.

Media opp:
H1N1 nasal spray being administered to child
Tuesday, Oct 6th, 10:00 am
Women, Infants and Children Clinic (in Jordan Valley Community Health Center)
440 E Tampa Street

Number of doses given will be posted each Tuesday for the preceding Sunday through Saturday at www.springfieldmo.gov/health/H1N1vax.html. The page will be accessible under the Media tab, but not be active until Tuesday, October 13th.

Media contact: Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205 office, (417) 830-9511 cell

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