The next round of doses of the H1N1 vaccine will be making its way to Muskingum County this week.
Unfortunately, those doses will be given out to healthcare workers, firefighters and EMTs and physicians. Muskingum County Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton says based on the amount of doses ordered by the state, she is expecting a similar amount of vaccine to come in. She says it will probably be a combination of the injection and mist.
“It’s the mist that’s the problem,” said Hamilton. “If we had the injectible we’d start on the other high risk groups like the pregnant women and the caregivers for infants less than six months old. But some of those aren’t appropriate to give flu mist to.”
In the last shipment of vaccines only 100 of the 700 doses were injectable. Hamilton says the mist is for healthy people between the ages of two and forty-nine, while the injectible is best for those with health issues.
“Of course we’re hoping to get more injectible in because we can get that out a lot more quickly,” she said. “I suspect that we will get more mist because that seems to be what’s coming off the manufacturing lines more quickly.”
Hamilton says less than ten H1N1 flu samples have been sent out for testing, none of those returned have been positive, although the health department is still waiting on two samples.
Hamilton says by Christmas-time anyone should be able to get the H1N1 vaccine.