County gets more swine flu vaccine

Mesa County health officials will administer another round of H1N1 flu vaccine to the public today, and this time it’s available to a broader group of people.

The county on Tuesday received its second shipment of the vaccine. A total of 1,000 doses went to the Mesa County Health Department, with another 500 going to local hospitals.

Health officials will offer the vaccine free to priority groups today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until supplies run out, at the Health Department, 510 29 1/2 Road.

Officials are asking people who are sick not to show up.

The county received 1,400 doses of intranasal swine flu vaccine two weeks ago but restricted who could receive it to people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical services personnel who provide direct medical care and children 2 to 4 years of age.

Also, pregnant women couldn’t get vaccinated.

The latest batch of doses, however, is available not only to child care and health care workers but to pregnant women, children between 6 months and 4 years of age and children between 5 and 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions.

Health Department spokeswoman Kristy Emerson said more people can receive the vaccine today than two weeks ago because it’s in an injectable form. Previously, the vaccine was available only in an intranasal form.

Officials expect more shipments of the vaccine to arrive in Mesa County on a weekly basis.


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