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H1N1 vaccines begin in southwest Georgia

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The H1N1 nasal spray vaccine arrived today at a majority of the health department in southwest Georgia and vaccinations will begin Wednesday.

Health department will only administer the nasal spray vaccine to healthy two to four year olds. That's the first group the state has targeted to get the vaccine, because they have no immunity to the virus. Health officials say parents don't need an appoint but should call their health department in advance of stopping by for the vaccine.

"It would be wise for individuals to call their local health department of make sure they got the vaccine because the vaccine is coming in slowly and some may get it before others," said Brenda Greene, Southwest Georgia Health District assistant director.

Southwest Georgia only got 1,900 doses of the vaccine, split among 14 counties. Health officials were told late this afternoon they would get the shot form of the vaccine starting next week. The priority for the limited vaccine will be pregnant women, and immune compromised children, along with health care workers.

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