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Dane County tightens H1N1 vaccine priority list due to shortage


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Public Health officials today removed 150,000 young people from its H1N1 vaccine priority list, citing an ongoing shortage.

"No longer do we have any abundant supply," said public health director Dr. Thomas Schlekner.  "Now we have a scarce supply."

The county and hospitals in our area are still waiting on shipments from the federal government, which coordinates H1N1 vaccine shipments for the entire country.

This is the updated priority list:

  • Pregnant women
  • Persons who live with or provide care for infants age 6 months or younger (examples:  parents, siblings, daycare providers)
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material
  • Children age 6 months - 4 years
  • Children and adolescents age 5-18 years who have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications
  • The OLD priority list included children and young people between 5-24 years old who are healthy.  That category has been tightened to only include young people up to 18 years old, and everyone in that group must also have underlying medical conditions.

    The county's school clinic program has also been suspended until at least December.


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