Health Department reviews H1N1 vaccination plans - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Health Department reviews H1N1 vaccination plans

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - As the government works to get swine flu vaccinations under way next month, the Memphis-Shelby County Health Department says it's ready.

"There is a demand, so we expect to be very busy when the vaccine comes in," the department's Dr. Helen Morrow said Tuesday.

Health and Human Services Officials announced the vaccine's approval to Congress Tuesday, and say they hope to get the first limited supplies distributed early in October.

"Once we have the vaccine available that we can offer and we start getting uptake, hopefully we can see a decrease in the incidents of disease so the other providers in the community may get some relief," Morrow said.

The bulk of vaccine will start arriving October 15, and is expected to be made available at 90,000 sites around the country, including the Mid South.

"We have providers in the community that will be offering it," Morrow said. "We will be offering it through our clinic and services and we've enlisted other people that employ large numbers of people to help immunize their employees."

While officials say there will be enough vaccine available for everyone eventually, certain people get at the front of the line - including children and pregnant women.

"Adults 18 to 65 may only require one dose," Morrow said. "We still don't know about children.  It'll probably be another week to ten days before we know how many doses will be required for children."

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