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Swine Flu Vaccine to Begin Arriving in L.A. County Next Week

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The first batches of H1N1 flu vaccine are expected to arrive next week to clinics and doctor's offices, the LA County Department of Public Health announced today. By the end of the month, most doctors and healthcare providers will have some doses available.

Those who fall within defined "priority groups" should contact their doctor about receiving the FluMist nasal spray of the H1N1 vaccine, officials said. Priority is given to young people (in good health) aged two to 24 years of age, healthcare and emergency service workers and people who live with or care for infants less than six months of
age.

“While the FluMist nasal spray vaccine may not be appropriate for everyone, we do encourage those who can receive this form of the vaccine to get it,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, the County's health officer. The FluMist vaccine contains a “live” virus while H1N1 flu shots, which will arrive later this month, contain the “killed” virus.

Officials say that residents who do not fall into any of the priority groups should be able to get the H1N1 vaccine later this fall. Those who are uninsured will also be able to get the vaccine in coming weeks. A list of local public health sites providing H1N1 vaccine is expected by mid-October.

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