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Barry County Health Dept. is receiving flu vaccine

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Barry County Health Department continues to receive small amounts of H1N1 influenza vaccine each week, according to Administrator Kathleen King.

"We anticipate weekly shipments will continue to arrive," said King, "but information about when or how much vaccine we will receive has been coming at the last minute."

To date, the health department has received and disbursed 800 doses of the vaccine and is administering their limited supply according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for who should receive the vaccine first.

Currently, the H1N1 vaccine is being given to the following priority groups as it becomes available:

* The nasal spray version of the vaccine for healthcare workers, emergency services personnel up to the age of 49 and children age 2 to 18 with no chronic medical conditions

* The preservative free vaccine for pregnant women.

* An inactivated injectable for those who care for children under 6 months of age and children age 5 to 18 with chronic medical conditions.

"We ask the public to be patient as we continue to work to get this vaccine out to them as safely and as efficiently as possible," said King.

Pregnant women are asked to contact the health department office in Cassville at 417-847-2114 or the health department office in Monett at 354-8686 for more information.

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