Posted: Oct 2, 2009 11:11 AM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 2, 2009 12:34 PM
Source: Associated Press, Department of Health and Hospitals
Health officials say the first shipments of the swine flu vaccine should be given in some places early next week.
The first 600,000 doses available will be all nasal spray according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An estimated 6 to 7 million doses are expected to be available next week and will include both shots and nasal spray forms of the vaccine. Several states and metro areas placed orders last Wednesday - the first day they could.
Louisiana is expected to receive the nasal spray version next week. The Department of Health and Hospitals plans will first give the nasal spray vaccine to healthy children. The vaccine shot is expected to be available shortly after that. The shot will be given to health care professionals and pregnant women first.
The nasal spray is not reccommended for people who are most in danger of complications from the flu, including pregnant women and people with asthma.