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Parents can't get swine flu vaccine

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Posted: Nov 5, 2009 10:32 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Nov 5, 2009 11:43 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: parents, swine flu, vaccine, denied, spinal muscular atrophy type one, aubrey picou

Even though seven-year-old Aubrey Picou is terminally ill, her parents have not been able to get the swine flu vaccine.

Joshua and Emily Picou were denied the shot because they're over the cut-off age for vaccinations. That's despite the fact that their seven-year-old suffers from Spinal muscular atrophy type 1.

The disease has slowly paralyzed Aubrey, and she has to use a respirator to breath for most of the day. It also means she is extremely susceptible to diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control set the guidelines to make sure the limited amount of vaccine goes to those who need it most. Since Aubrey has already been vaccinated, state health officials believe she'll be protected.

Aubrey's only had her first round of vaccination and her parents fear they could become infected before the next shot and give their daughter the disease.

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