The Licking County Health Department says you may not need as many doses of the H1N1 vaccine as originally anticipated.
Health Commissioner, Joe Ebel, says if you’re 10 years of age or older, you will only need a single dose of either the nasal spray or the injection to fight contraction of the H1N1 virus, but Ebel says younger children may need some more help.
“For children that are six months to that 10 year age group, that it’s probably going to be-get a first dose and come back about three weeks later to get your booster, ” says Ebel.
Ebel says the federal government has ordered for more vaccines.
“Because it takes time to produce that, it’s not coming out with millions of doses the first day. They’re going to focus on making sure they address those highest risk groups initially and then expand it out to the population that’s not as at risk for complications or severe health problems, ” says Ebel.
Ebel those at-risk groups remain the same. They include: pregnant women, healthcare employees, caregivers for children under the age of six-months, all those ages six months through 24-years of age, and people ages 25 to 64 who have health problems.