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06 October 2009 @ 05:43 pm
PSA: H1N1 vaccine update  
The new H1N1 influenza vaccine is out! States recieved the first doses today or yesterday. The first doses are of the live, nasal variety and are reserved for high-risk populations. The more usual, injectable, killed vaccine will be out in the next month or so. Below are the VISs (vaccine information sheets) for the two forms.

Inactivated Injectable Vaccine
Nasal Live Vaccine

General information about H1N1 influenza
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
teffanteffan on October 7th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
I thought the higher-risk folks (ie, immune-compromised) shouldn't take the nasal mist because it's live and their systems will be more likely to welcome it than fight it off?
eithni: PharmDeithni on October 7th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
That depends on how immune-compromised they are, but, yes, most immune compromised folks will probably wait for the inactivated injectable. See my response to Ianuk for the priority list.
raventhourne on October 7th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
I've been trying to find a list of "high-risk" and can't seem to find one..I'm probably blind but I need to know. Do you have that list?
eithni: PharmDeithni on October 7th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
The committee recommended the vaccination efforts focus on five key populations. Vaccination efforts are designed to help reduce the impact and spread of novel H1N1. The key populations include those who are at higher risk of disease or complications, those who are likely to come in contact with novel H1N1, and those who could infect young infants. When vaccine is first available, the committee recommended that programs and providers try to vaccinate:

* pregnant women,
* people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
* health care and emergency medical services personnel,
* persons between the ages of 6 months through 24 years of age, and
* people from ages 25 through 64 years who are at higher risk for novel H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

The groups listed above total approximately 159 million people in the United States.

The committee does not expect that there will be a shortage of novel H1N1 vaccine, but availability and demand can be unpredictable. There is some possibility that initially the vaccine will be available in limited quantities. In this setting, the committee recommended that the following groups receive the vaccine before others:

* pregnant women,
* people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
* health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact,
* children 6 months through 4 years of age, and
* children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions.

from http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2009/r090729b.htm
Eliane/Jennifer: House coffeegflower on October 7th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Already got the regular one free at work, and when they get the H1N1 one they are going to make it available too. I'm not strictly a "patient care worker" but I do have patient contact, so I hope I'll qualify as soon as they're available.

I never thought I'd look forward to getting a shot. I think sylversmoke's experience kind of spooked me (of course, I'm not pregnant, but still!).
eithni: PharmDeithni on October 7th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
The H1N1 should be a freebie too - offices are allowed to charge for _administration_ but the vaccine itself is being provided free by the Feds.