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H1N1 flu vaccine rolls out this week

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- The U.S. Government says after months of planning and testing it's ready for the public. But don't try making your appointment just yet.

Shipments this week are small and will include 600,000 tubes of nasal spray vaccine and six to seven million doses of injectable vaccine. Those are being reserved for health care workers and some at-risk children.

Another 40 to 50 million doses should be ready the following week, and more supplies every week thereafter.

In all, the U.S. expects 250 million doses.

"This is clearly the most ambitious influenza vaccination program ever mounted in the U.S. or anywhere in the world," says Dr. William Schaffner with Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

Full inoculations won't gear up until mid-month and that is the time to call your doctor.




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