H1N1 Vaccines on the Way
The first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine will start arriving in Florida this week, but it could take a while for low risk Floridians to receive a dose. Pregnant women, caregivers of kids less than six months old, health care workers, and people under 64 with underlying conditions will take priority. By January, 11 million doses will be delivered to Florida.
State Senators were told up to 40 percent of the state's population is expected to be infected over a two-year period. If you are not in the priority group for the vaccine, you'll likely have to wait.
To remind people the best defense is washing your hands, the state is spending a million dollars to rebroadcast a PSA suggesting four out of five do wash after using the restroom.
Since spring, 300 outbreaks have been investigated. The Florida death toll reached 109 this week. Most, but not all, had underlying conditions. When available, H1N1 vaccines will be free and voluntary.
If you have questions, the state hot line is 877-352-3581. And to learn where and when vaccine is available, check the website www.myflusafety.com
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