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Swine Flu vaccine now available in Mississippi

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - The H1N1 vaccine is now available in Mississippi.  Monday, the state began offering the Swine flu vaccine in the shot and nasal mist versions.

In DeSoto County, health departments are offering those shots free of charge, and Alma Lopez did not want to miss out Monday on protecting her 14-month old daughter.

"She's the only baby and the only grandchild so we all worry about her being healthy," Lopez said.

The state shipped 223,800 doses of the vaccine Monday, with more expected to come in the coming weeks. According to the Mississippi Department of Health, the state has nine confirmed deaths related to the swine flu.

In Olive Branch, the Family Medical Center is offering the nasal mist vaccine.

"We've been very busy," said Paula Aldridge, office manager at the clinic.  "September was one of our busiest months in seeing patients with the Swine Flu. Just numerous cases everyday."

Aldridge said things leveled off a bit recently, but for many, like parent Tonya Bess, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

"You start thinking about it and you're wondering, 'Is it safe?' But then again, on the other side, if it weren't safe they wouldn't be giving them," Bess said.

Shot vaccinations are only available for pregnant women, children ages six-months-old to five-years-old, and anyone who cares for children young than six-months-old.

Next week, free flu vaccines will be given to students of DeSoto County Schools.

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