The Bear River Health Department is out of its latest shipment of H1N1 vaccines. The health department received the shipment of vaccines in both Flu Mist and injectable forms. Public Information Officer Jill Parker says people were lined up to get the vaccine by 8 a.m. and all 1000 doses were gone shortly after 10:30 a.m. Parker says the health department is asking people to be patient. More of the vaccine is expected within the next couple of weeksThe vaccine today was intended for those at the highest risk: household contacts of those six months and younger, children six months and younger, children six months to 24 years old, people 25 to 64 with chronic health conditions, healthcare workers and EMS personnel with direct patient contact. The Bear River Health Department is also busy scheduling the beginning of their school clinics. “Every student in Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties that would like to receive this vaccine will have an opportunity to do so in the next few weeks,” Parker said. “That’s another outlet if you would like to have your children receive it.” Parker said more vaccine is on its way. “We’re asking everyone to wait,” she said. “Every indication from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is that in a couple of weeks this vaccine will be widespread. At that point anyone who wants to receive the vaccine will be able to get it.” Parker said seasonal flu vaccine has also been in short supply. “We anticipate another shipment of seasonal flu vaccine in the next two weeks.” Parker has a response to those who fear the flu will arrive before new shipments of the vaccine. “Officials on our most recent CDC conference call told us ‘…it’s too early to say we’re too late.’ They anticipate we’re now in the second wave of this disease but that there is to be a third wave. The CDC at this long term, maybe even through winter and into spring.” Parker said when the next round of vaccine is available the updated information will be posted at the Bear River Health Department’s web site, www.brhd.org.
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