All in Illinois can get swine flu vaccine as supplies improve - KMOV.com

All in Illinois can get swine flu vaccine as supplies improve

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois health officials say everyone can start getting swine flu vaccine beginning Tuesday -- not just those in high-risk groups.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Damon Arnold made the announcement Thursday.

Chicago health officials say they too are broadening recommendations on who should get a swine flu vaccination to include everyone over the age of 6 months.

The vaccine supply has improved enough that it's no longer necessary to limit it to people most at risk.

Officials say many retail pharmacies in Illinois soon will have swine flu vaccine.

Pharmacies may charge a fee for administering the vaccine, typically between $12 and $22. The fee is covered by most health insurance.

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On the Net: www.ready.illinois.gov

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