By William Mullen

Tribune reporter

September 29, 2009


When the first shipments of swine flu vaccine begin arriving in coming weeks, federal officials want only people on priority lists to line up for the first 45 million doses, but there won’t be “vaccine police” enforcing it.

The vaccines will be distributed to 90,000 health providers, including hospitals, clinics, medical offices and pharmacies. Each will sign an agreement to vaccinate only people in five groups most at risk — pregnant women, caretakers of infants younger than 6 months, children and young people from 6 months to 24 years old, health care workers and people 25 to 64 years old with serious underlying health problems.

Yet, although officials say the production of H1N1 vaccine will continue until all who want it get it, it is unclear how many on the priority list will be eager to get it. If a surplus emerges because demand is light, local providers may decide to vaccinate others based on local circumstances and “local flavor,” experts say.

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•  CO: Second Boulder County person dies of swine flu (Link)
•  CO: Flutracker map by Denver Post  (Link)
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•  FL: another death due to H1N1 (Link)
•  FL: Citrus County mom with H1N1 has passed away  (Link)
•  IA: Iowa releases few details on H1N1 flu cases, deaths (Link)
•  IA: Mount Pleasant sees 27% student absence  (Link)
•  KY: Flu numbers rising (Link)
•  KY: Flu has 15% of Tri-State school out sick (Link)
•  NJ: Monmouth County teen dies of unknown illness  (Link)
•  NY: Flu Shot Protest (Link)
•  OH: Fassett Middle School – confirmed case of H1N1 (Link)
•  OH: Swine flu up amid student’s death  (Link)
•  OK: Chickasha Middle School reports 20 percent absent(Link)
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•  TX: Austin – third tent put up at Dell Childrens (Link)
•  TX: Jack Elementary School Student Dies From H1N1 (Link)
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