Alabama Sets Vaccine Priority Groups

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Department of Public Health is going to allocate incoming swine flu vaccine to priority groups because of the vaccine's scarcity.

The health department is allocating incoming vaccine first to these groups: providers who can vaccinate children 6 months through 4 years old, children 5-18 with underlying health problems, pregnant women, caregivers of babies under 6 months and health care workers.

The department is asking doctors to reserve vaccine for those groups until bigger supplies arrive.

Department spokesman Dr. Jim McVay said Thursday that they will not be starting school clinics for children younger than 10 until the end of November.

State Health Officer Don Williamson said clinics for older children and staff will not happen until December and January.

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