H1N1 Shots Arrive in East Mississippi

So far, east central Mississippi has received 2,500 doses of the H1N1 vaccine in shot form.

"It's slow to produce," said Dr. Rebecca James, district health officer. "So, right now we're getting it out to obstetricians and to pediatricians that have signed up to be dispensers of it. So, that we can get the people that are highest risk by the complications of the novel H1N1."

With more than one million doses of the vaccine in shot form ordered for Mississippi, James says once more doses arrive, free vaccinations will be offered in some schools.

"The parents will be getting letters saying that it's going to be offered in your school next week, and do you want your child to receive the vaccination? So, it's an option," James said.

Health care officials say there are usually three peak periods. Already we've gone through two of those with the swine flu. Dr. James says it's likely that we'll go through at least one more before it ends. That's why she's encouraging people to get vaccinated.

"I'm not afraid of the vaccine. I plan to take it," James said. "There's no reason to think it's any different than the regular flu vaccine as far as risks and that sort of thing. But it will be one of the most closely observed vaccines for risks that's ever been produced because of concerns that people have."

If available, would you want yourself and your family to have the H1N1 vaccine?

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  • by wildoutlaw4440 Location: meridian on Oct 29, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    would rather catch the virus then to get that shot....
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Would you call that a drop in the bucket? I normally take the flu shot but the way things are going I will not have the option with H1N1. My primary health provider is not giving flu shots, the facility that work for( this places me in the at risk group) is not giving the regular vacine this year so why would you expect them to give H1N1, and I have chronic health problems that place me at risk. This is really beginning to luck like a true government cluster. Who knows, maybe not????
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