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Swine flu vaccine could be available next month

Swine flu vaccine could be available next month



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The World Health Organization announced Thursday the swine flu vaccine could be ready to start shipping out by the end of next month. That has local health departments preparing to give out both the swine flu vaccine and the regular flu shots.

Director of the Utah County Health Department Dr. Joseph Miner hopes people go and get their regular flu shots early.

"We hope to be through with most of our flu campaign for the regular flu vaccine by the end of October," said Miner.

At that point the first batches of the swine flu vaccine could be ready to give out, but there will be a priority list of who gets the vaccinations first. Miner says that list will include infants and children.

Health care workers are also high on the list since they're easily exposed to the flu while treating others. Pregnant women will also be among the first to receive the shots because they're listed as a high-risk category for the swine flu.

Miner says the swine flu vaccine will need to be taken in two doses. So with the regular flu shots, many will getting three flu shots over the next fall and winter.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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Randall Jeppesen

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