Swine Flu Vaccine Now Available to All

The demand from high-risk priority groups is declining as vaccine supplies continue to grow

By Monica Dean
|  Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009  |  Updated 10:44 PM PDT
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Swine Flu Vaccine Now Available to All

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A nurse administers a shot of the H1N1 vaccine at the Utah County Health Department October 27, 2009 in Provo, Utah. After health department got a shipment of 4000 vaccines overnight, a large line formed with a wait of four to five hours. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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County health officials say healthy adults can now get the swine flu vaccine from their regular doctor.

After weeks of distributing the H1N1 vaccine to people in high-risk categories, the demand has declined as supplies grow.

Residents are encouraged to contact their primary care physicians since private providers receive most of the H1N1 vaccine.

But if you don't have a primary care physician, you can try one of the county's seven vaccine sites or at evening and weekend clinics conducted by local community health centers.

"I'm pleased that everybody can get it now," said Sandy Weinstein of Serra Mesa. " I'm a little old for it but I'll take a chance I don't want to pick it up from somebody else and pass it on."

"For myself I'm not interested, for my family I'm not interested," said Linda Nolte of Tierrasanta. "I'm concerned for the people who rush out and get the latest fad in inoculations."

There is not an unlimited supply, but additional shipments are expected in the coming weeks.

So far more than 800,000 doses of vaccine have arrived in the region and another 88,000 doses are expected in the next two weeks.

The County is also anticipating the arrival of 25,000 doses for distribution at school vaccination clinics.
 

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