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01 November 2009 @ 11:15 pm
H1N1 priority vaccination update  
The CDC has new guidelines for who should be vaccinated first since the vaccine supply has been delayed.

From the Wisconsin Pandemic website:

Since current vaccine supply is not adequate to meet demand by all of the CDC vaccine target groups, DHS recommends that health professionals vaccinate the following within the target groups:
*   Health care and emergency medical services personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material
*   Pregnant women
*   Children age 6 months to 4 years
*   Persons who live with or provide care for infants age 6 months or younger, such as parents, siblings, daycare providers
*   Children and adolescents age 5 to 18 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications These conditions include
     o chronic pulmonary (including asthma)
     o cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurologic/neuromuscular, hematological or
            metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus),
     o immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus)
     o receiving long-term aspirin therapy.
     o These recommendations are consistent with Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines
            when vaccine supply is limited.

CDC continues to stress that there will be more than enough H1N1 vaccine available for everyone who wants it, but it will take time.
Current Mood: calmcalm
raventhourne on November 2nd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, our county doesn't see asthma as a risk group and you can't get the vaccine from them.

I'm gonna try my GP and see if they got any in.
eithni: ?!?!?!?eithni on November 2nd, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Did you tell them it's explicitly on the CDC guideline?
raventhourne on November 2nd, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
They are having mass immunizations and have a list of who can get it...its not on the list. I'm gonna call my doc today for some test results..its just annoying yanno?
naughtyaelfnaughtyaelf on November 2nd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
they sprooshed me up my nose! eurgh. but at least I won- oink oink oink oink
eithni: WTFeithni on November 2nd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Hee. I hear the nasal volume is... Impressive. ;)
gwyndlyngwyndlyn on November 3rd, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
wow, this is the first time I've made it anywhere near a priority list. I didn't expect to ever have a chance at the vaccine, honestly.

Hooray for aspirin! But why does aspirin therapy put you at a higher risk?
eithni: PharmDeithni on November 3rd, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
It's specifically children on chronic aspirin therapy, presumably since H1N1 causes high fevers and would be an excessive risk for Reye's Syndrome.
Mark Gordon: seriousmtgordon on November 3rd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Have you gotten the H1N1 vaccine? If so, it's probably because you're not in California.
eithni: PharmDeithni on November 3rd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Not yet, but I don't have regular patient contact and I'm not pregnant, so I'm a low priority right now.

We just got the good word though- we can restart vaccination of the less restrictive priority list - more vaccine is enroute to Wisconsin!