Initial doses of H1N1 vaccine arrive in Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed on Friday that the first doses of the H1N1 vaccine are beginning to arrive at pediatric providers across the state.

The initial shipment of the vaccinations - around 26,000 doses of the nasal spray - are starting to show up at pediatric offices that chose to provide the H1N1 vaccine, and are ready to administer the spray to patients.

H1N1 vaccines will initially be available only for target groups, including pregnant women, health care and emergency medical services personnel, people from the ages of 6 months to 24 years, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, and people from age 25 through 64 who are at a higher risk for flu complications because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

The LDHH says that over the next few weeks, H1N1 flu shots will be available as nasal spray and injectible forms for children and adults through a large network of participating providers.

Seasonal flu shots for children and adults are currently available through many different locations.

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