Swine flu vaccine to become more broadly available

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Swine flu vaccine is about to become more broadly available in Louisiana.

State health officials say that, starting Monday, the H1N1 vaccine will be available to the general public - not just at-risk target groups.

Since October, the vaccine has been available to those deemed at highest risk for complications from swine flu: children ages six months and older, pregnant women, young adults ages 18 to 24, older adults with chronic illnesses and front-line health care workers.

A health department spokesman said Wednesday that some health care providers who have served all their patients within the target groups have already been allowed to vaccinate others. On Monday, all providers will be able to vaccinate members of the general public.

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