Monday, October 12, 2009

Hawaii First Responders Now Immunized Against H1N1 "Swine Flu"

The H1N1 "swine flu" nasal mist vaccine is spreading throughout the countryside. The first such nasal doses were given last week in Memphis, Tennessee. Now these vaccines are spreading out over the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.

By the time a city immunization initiative concludes tomorrow, O'ahu's first responders — a crew of 1,200 firefighters and paramedics — will have had the chance to receive the swine flu vaccine.

Linda Rosen, state Department of Health Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention system branch chief, said she hopes to give out more than 1,000 nasal doses in all during the three-day effort that began yesterday. Hawai'i has been allocated 14,400 doses of the new vaccine for its first shipment, which arrived last week. The allocation is based on the state's population.

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

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