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."


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