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Thu October 1, 2009
H1 N1 Vaccine On Its Way To KY
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Wednesday was the first day states could order swine flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and Kentucky's first shipment should arrive next week. Public Health Commissioner William Hacker says initially it will be in nasal spray form and the state is getting more than 24-thousand doses. "Two years to 49 years of age can take the nasal vaccine, if they are otherwise healthy. It is not recommended for pregnant women, and is not recommended for people with asthma, or children with asthma or some other chronic conditions."
Dr. Hacker says the vaccines will be allocated to the state's 56 local health departments on a per capita basis, with a 100-dose minimum. Injectable forms of the vaccines won't arrive until the end of the month or early November. Kentucky is now seeing widespread cases of swine flu, but so far it has proven to be no worse than seasonal flu.