H1N1 vaccine arrives slowly

    Health officials say: Be patient, and check with your doctor, the swine flu vaccine is on the way. Despite production delays, experts say by the end of the year, there should be enough H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants it.

    Health officials say: Be patient, and check with your doctor, the swine flu vaccine is on the way. Despite production delays, experts say by the end of the year, there should be enough H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants it.

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    New Jersey Health Commissioner Heather Howard says shipments of the H1N1 vaccine may be limited and staggered throughout the fall.

    Howard: We’ve order more than a million doses and we’ve received 234,000 thus far. A lot of those initial doses have been the Flu Mist, the nasal spray, and those are particularly indicated and we think those are particularly appropriate for the pediatric populations.

    New Jersey’s first shipments went to pediatricians and health care workers.

    Doctors offices and schools across the region have registered to distribute the vaccine. Health officials say the earliest supplies are being allocated to doctors that serve priority populations, including children, health workers and people younger than age 64 with chronic health conditions.

    Health officials say check with your doctor or your state health department to locate the vaccine.

    PA Dept of Health information line: 1-877-PA-HEALTH or 1-877-724-3258.
    New Jersey’s H1N1 information line: 1-866-321-9571.

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