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Pandemic H1N1 Flu Vaccine - 1st Shipment Arrived - Oct. 6, 2009

posted Nov 3, 2009, 10:15 AM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept

San Jose, Ca. - The first doses of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine have arrived in Santa Clara County health officials reported Tuesday. The initial shipment is about 14,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine in nasal spray form is going to private and public medical providers in the county, as well as to the Public Health Department. By the end of October/early November, more than 200,000 doses of vaccine are expected to be available in Santa Clara County, in both the nasal and shot forms, with more to follow in the coming weeks and months.

This initial shipment is the beginning of a long vaccination effort. Over the next weeks and months, regular shipments of vaccine will arrive in Santa Clara County and it is expected that there will be enough for everyone who wants it.

“We appreciate the public’s patience as we undertake this effort,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Health Officer. “This vaccination is the best protection against H1N1, which continues to make many people sick and has been related to nine deaths in our county.”

Because the first shipment of vaccine is in nasal spray form, not everyone can receive it. Only healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 can receive the nasal vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the California Health Department have identified healthy children between the ages of 2 years and 10 years of age as a priority. The nasal vaccine should not be given to:

  • Children less than 2 years of age
  • Adults 50 years of age and over
  • People with a medical condition that places them at high risk for complications from influenza and people with illnesses that weaken their immune system
  • Children less than 5 years of age with a history of recurrent wheezing
  • Children or adolescents receiving aspirin
  • People with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder of the nervous system
  • Pregnant women
  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs or who are allergic to any of the nasal spray vaccine components

Based on the recommendations from the CDC, once the demand for vaccine for people at highest risk for illness or complications has been met, the Public Health Department and local providers can begin providing the vaccine to all others who want it.

Joy Alexiou