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Thu October 1, 2009
First wave of H1 N1 vaccines
By Tony McVeigh / Paco Long-Mendez
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky should begin receiving its first doses of H1N1, or swine flu, vaccines next week. State Epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is shipping Kentucky more than 24-thousand doses of the vaccine, which initially will be in nasal spray form.
"We allocated that 24,300 to our 56 local health departments. So, we gave them allocations based on per capita, and no county got less than 100 doses. So, that was a hundred dose minimum."
Health care workers and caregivers will be first in line to receive the vaccine. Injectable forms of the vaccine likely won't arrive until later this month or early November. Swine flu is now widespread in Kentucky, but so far has proven to be no worse than seasonal flu, which usually begins in December.