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Health Department Prepares for H1N1 Vaccine Arrival

October 8, 2009

| TACOMA | October 8, 2009 | Pierce County expects to initially receive 8,597 doses of H1N1 FluMist. FluMist can only be administered to healthy children and adults between the ages of 2 and 49 years of age. Pregnant women should  receive injectable H1N1 vaccine, not FluMist.

Pierce County is expected to receive approximately 550,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine, including FluMist. Most of the vaccine will go directly to medical providers and some pharmacies. Some will come to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for distribution. The Health Department is working with area medical offices and pharmacies to expand the list of vaccine providers.

Those receiving the first doses of vaccine for distribution in Pierce County are medical offices that are on the Health Department's Vaccine for Children list. This is a list of providers who will provide vaccine to children, one of the priority groups for H1N1 vaccination. This group of providers has attended training and can provide the temperature-controlled storage needed to store vaccine.

There will be ongoing weekly shipments until the expected total of 550,000 doses are received. Future shipments are expected to include more FluMist, as well as injectable H1N1 vaccine. Vaccine will be available in doses for children and adults.

H1N1 vaccine priority groups have been established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The priority groups are based on those who are known to be at a higher risk for influenza-related complications, or those caring for persons at high-risk.

  • Pregnant women
  • All people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years
  • Parents and caregivers of children under 6 months old
  • Healthcare and Emergency workers
  • Persons between the ages of 25 and 64 years who have conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or an immune disorder

For answers to general questions on vaccine safety from the CDC click here

For CDC answers to general questions about H1N1 Influenza shots and pregnant women click here

Washington State Department of Health has information and resources available in English and other languages at H1N1 Swine Flu-You and Your Family.

For local information and tips on flu prevention visit Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department H1N1(swine flu) page at:

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