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H1N1 Vaccine Availability is Hard to Predict

I can tell you so far that the Saint Louis County Health Department has received two shipments of the H1N1 vaccine (first shipment included around 5,000 doses, the second was about 10,800) and that it expects to receive more shortly.

I can't tell you exactly when.

The availability of the H1N1 vaccine is unpredictable and means staying on top of news of new shipments.

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control says about the H1N1 vaccine:

There is some possibility that initially the vaccine will be available in limited quantities. In this setting, the committee recommended that the following groups receive the vaccine before others: pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact, children 6 months through 4 years of age, and children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions.

The committee recognized the need to assess supply and demand issues at the local level. The committee further recommended that once the demand for vaccine for these target groups has been met at the local level, programs and providers should begin vaccinating everyone from ages 25 through 64 years. Current studies indicate the risk for infection among persons age 65 or older is less than the risk for younger age groups. Therefore, as vaccine supply and demand for vaccine among younger age groups is being met, programs and providers should offer vaccination to people over the age of 65.

Here, you can find H1N1 vaccine information county by county in Illinois.

St. Charles County will post vaccine information here.

Saint Louis County will provide information here.

Information on other counties in Missouri can be found here as the vaccine becomes more available.

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