First H1N1 Vaccines Arrive in California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Dr. Mark Horton is the director of the California Department of Public Health. He says the federal government has already sent California about 400,000 swine flu vaccines. And that’s just the beginning.

“We’re expecting over the next several weeks probably through the end of the year a total of over 22 million doses of vaccine. We think that is going to be plenty adequate to cover the groups that are targeted to receive the vaccine.”

Horton says the nasal spray vaccines arriving this week are intended for children. He says the next targeted groups for the H1N1 shots include: pregnant women, parents and care takers of infants under the age of 6 months, health care workers and adults with chronic medical conditions. The Department of Public Health has recorded more than 2,500 hospitalizations from swine flu and 188 deaths across the state in the last year.