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H1N1 nasal spray given in SW Georgia

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The vaccine is only being given to healthy children between the ages of two and four.   And there are only 1,900 doses for 14 southwest Georgia counties.  

Parents weren't lining up Wednesday to get the vaccine and that worries some health care providers. They say misinformation about how the vaccine was produced has some parents shying away, but doctors encourage parents to get their children immunized.

Two year old Brookelyn Walls' first experience with a nasal vaccine was a little unnerving, but her mother Brianna understands how important it is to protect her three kids from the flu.   "I definitely don't want them to get it and we have a ten day old son, so we definitely don't want him to get it either.

Parents might want to give a little Tylenol with the vaccine. Public health has had a lot of calls and questions about the vaccine.

"Some are concerned they're thinking that just because this is a new vaccine they shouldn't get it but certainly that's not true," said Suzette Profit, an with LPN Dougherty County Public Health.

"The current vaccines for both the seasonal flu and H1-N1 are produced by the same methods. There is no risk that's identifiable with these vaccine products that makes either of those vaccines more risky than the other," said Dr. Doug Patten, PPMH Chief Medical Officer.

Two to four year olds were targeted first because they have a higher risk for developing serious complications if they get the flu. Brookelyn Walls will be back in 30 days for her second dose. By then her eight year old sister Cailey may also be able to get her shot.

"When its time for her age group, when their shots come in then she'll be up here to get hers too," said Brianna Walls. Limiting their risk of sharing the flu with their brother or friends.

 If you're interested in the vaccine for your child, your best bet is to call the Health Department before you stop by. Health officials say many have heeded their warnings in fact, they're all out of the regular seasonal flu vaccine, but you can still find it in doctor's offices and local drug stores.

Southwest Georgia public health departments should get H1-N1 shots next week. The first doses of that vaccine will be reserved for high risk groups including pregnant women, immune compromised children, and health care providers.

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