H1N1 Vaccine a Month Away

by Kelly Mills on September 21, 2009 at 4:00 am

There have not been any cases of the H1N1 virus in Muskingum County and health officials are trying to keep it that way.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Commissioner Corey Hamilton says they’re expecting the first vaccines to be shipped to our area the second week of October.

“It should start shipping to us. It’ll come out over the course of a number of weeks. We expect to have enough supply in the first three to four weeks to cover the target population, those that are at high risk for contracting the disease,” says Hamilton.

The H1N1 vaccine will first be given to at-risk groups such as pregnant women, health care workers and children.

Hamilton says they are optimistic that after those groups are vaccinated there will be enough doses left to vaccinate anyone who wants one.

“The studies are showing instead of two doses of H1N1 vaccine we anticipate now that they’re getting good coverage with just one dose, so that will allow the vaccine supply to stretch much further,” she says.

The H1N1 vaccine will not protect you against the seasonal flu, you must have a separate vaccine. The Health Department recommends everyone has both vaccines.

There will be free seasonal flu shots given to Muskingum County residents October 1st at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.