October 9, 2009

Looking for H1N1 shot? You’ll have to get in line

By Kelley Luckstein

A second shipment of H1N1 flu vaccine is headed to Minnesota next week, but state health officials have a message for all the people who are clamoring for it: Don't call your clinic -- they'll call you.


The 30,000 doses will be the first H1N1 vaccine available to the general public here. But the vaccine is trickling in so slowly that, for at least the next two weeks, the Minnesota Department of Health will distribute it on a random basis to pediatric clinics across the state that care for the sickest of sick children. Officials will recommend that rather than allowing parents to line up their kids for shots, doctors decide which of their most fragile young patients should get the vaccine first, and call them in…


At the Mayo Clinic, the vaccine supply is down to FluMist, a nasal spray vaccine, and children's flu shots, according to a spokesman.


Star Tribune by J. Marcotty and M. Lerner, 10/9/09

Tags: flu, H1N1, Infectious Diseases

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