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CDC expands eligibility requirements for H1N1 vaccine

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There are still 7,000 doses of swine flu vaccine left over from this week's two immunization clinics in Dane County. Leaders spent the day Thursday determining what to do with those. They should know by Friday a tentative plan.

Health care providers say the vaccine has been a bit easier to come by.

Dean Health in Madison has received more than 30,000 doses at it's clinics across the state. Leaders say they'll need 110,000 to supply demand.

Right now, the vaccine's trickling in weekly.

Ellen Smith, St. Mary's Hospital nurse epidemiologist, says, "The supply of the vaccine seems to be loosening up a bit, we're getting the vaccine more regularly."

Brenda Klahn, Dean Health Community Exposure Specialist, "We're trying to schedule as much as we can in the next couple weeks so we can get our patients taken care of."

At this point, vaccine doses are available at some clinics. Starting Thursday, CDC guidelines loosened to allow anyone.. up to age 64 with an underlying health condition to receive the vaccine. It is free, but could come with an administrative charge at some clinics, that most insurers cover.

If you aren't insured, check with United Way's 2-1-1 flu line, or check on your county's web site for listings of expected clinics.

So far.. Wisconsin has received almost 700-thousand doses of the vaccine.

Dane County leaders say those 7,000 doses won't go to waste. The shelf-life of the shot is more than six months, and the mist lasts a couple months.

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