Saturday, October 3, 2009

Nasal spray flu vaccine becoming available

A man receives a flu vaccine nasal spray as he sits in his car at a drive-thru flu shot clinic in Napa, California. US health authorities are hoping to contain what they say is an intensifying swine flu pandemic with a massive A(H1N1) vaccination campaign that begins this week.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Justin Sullivan)
WASHINGTON-The long-awaited first vaccinations against swine flu-the squirt-in-the-nose kind-begin early next week in parts of the country, and states are urging people to be patient until more arrives.Just a trickle of vaccine, 600,000 doses of the nasal spray FluMist, will be divided among 21 states and four large cities by Tuesday, with more small shipments to more states later in the week."We're moving this out as quickly as we can," said Oregon's public health director, Dr. Mel Kohn, who hopes shipments arrive in time to begin some vaccinations on Monday. "This doesn't do any good sitting in a warehouse."Most states are aiming their first small batches at health care workers, hoping to keep them well enough to be on the job as cases of swine flu-what doctors prefer to call the 2009 H1N1 strain-are rapidly increasing nationwide....

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