Muskingum County’s first doses of the H1N1 vaccine are being given out today.
Four hundred intranasal spray doses are being used to immunize the Tier 1 priority group.
"The Emergency Medical Services which includes the EMTs and paramedics and also we are including firefighters because they are also part of that Tier 1 group, that priority group," says Jeff Michaels, the preparedness coordinator for Public Health.
Michaels says the spray is all Muskingum County has received so far, but the county is receiving more vaccine weekly. Once they receive the injectable vaccine, pregnant women will be the first group to be vaccinated.
"If they are injections then we definitely want to hit that target group of pregnant women, otherwise we are going to continue reaching out to the medical community, our medical providers, nursing staff to get immunized," tells Michaels.
Michaels says it is important that first responders, doctors and nurses get vaccinated first so they do not pass influenza to their patients. As always, the best way to prevent catching H1N1 is to simply wash your hands regularly.