Louisiana expects its first dose of swine flu vaccine on Wednesday - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana expects its first dose of swine flu vaccine on Wednesday

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state health department spokesman says Louisiana expects its first 26,000 doses of swine flu vaccine on Wednesday, and will send them to about 50 pediatricians around the state.

Sean Smith says the first shipment - a nasal spray - is being targeted at children aged 2 to 5. He says the Department of Health and Hospitals expects the injectable H1N1 flu vaccine next week. Those first doses will be targeted to health care workers and pregnant women. Smith says the department will post a list of which doctors get this week's doses on the department's www.fighttheflula.com Web site.

Smith says the department will be getting more vaccine each week, and expects to have received hundreds of thousands of doses by the end of the month.

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