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Flu vaccine shipments on the way

October 03, 2009|Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Public health officials announced Friday that they expect to receive the first shipments of H1N1 flu vaccine within a week and local clinics and doctors' offices will receive small shipments of the FluMist nasal spray vaccine as soon as Wednesday.

Larger shipments of the vaccine -- in both the nasal spray and the traditional injectable form -- are expected to arrive later this month, according to the department's statement.

Residents eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to contact their doctor. Those eligible include people ages 2 to 24; healthcare and emergency medical workers and those who live with or care for infants under 6 months old. For more information about flu prevention and eligibility for the H1N1 vaccine, go to www.public health.lacounty.gov.

FluMist is not approved for pregnant women, those with chronic health conditions, weakened immune systems or a history of asthma.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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