CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 |
Los Angeles County residents without health insurance or a personal doctor will be eligible for free H1N1 flu vaccines at county-sponsored clinics starting next Friday. The county's first shipment of H1N1 nasal spray vaccines arrived last week, and public health officials said they expect to receive further supplies every two weeks until at least December. The federal government is buying and distributing the vaccines to states in proportion to their populations. The county-sponsored clinics will be held at area parks, churches, schools and community centers, and will offer both H1N1 FluMist nasal spray and vaccines (including preservative-free versions)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2009 |
Los Angeles public health officials say they expect to receive the first shipments of H1N1 flu vaccine this week. Local clinics and doctor's offices will receive small shipments of the FluMist nasal spray vaccine as soon as Wednesday, according to a statement released Friday from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "While the FluMist nasal spray vaccine may not be appropriate for everyone, we do encourage those who can receive this form of the vaccine to get it," said Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's director of public health.
September 24, 2009 |
Injectable vaccines containing inactivated viruses prevent about 50% more seasonal flu in healthy adults than the intranasal vaccine containing a weakened virus, according to a report published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. "We have two effective vaccines," said Dr. Arnold S. Monto of the University of Michigan, who led the study. "In children, I would prefer FluMist [intranasal vaccine] and in adults, injected, based on the data we have. However, an adult who does not want a shot should take FluMist."
November 30, 2008 |
Despite recommendations from the government and doctors, only 52% of U.S. adults said they planned on getting vaccinated against the flu this year, according to a Consumer Reports survey. Among the excuses: 27% said they disliked shots -- even though a nasal spray is available -- and 5% said they would rather get sick than go to work. Nearly half of those who said they wouldn't get the shot said they didn't get sick, while 67% said it was better to build up a natural immunity to influenza.
February 19, 2007 |
A nasal spray appears to be more effective than flu shots in protecting children younger than 5, according to a major study published last week. "It's good news. We need it, we need a new flu vaccine for children," said Dr. Neal A. Halsey, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was not involved in the study.