Parents still shying away from H1N1 nasal spray vaccine -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Parents still shying away from H1N1 nasal spray vaccine

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Parents aren't rushing to the health department to have their children immunized against the H1-N1 flu.

Georgia received nearly 55,800 doses of the nasal mist vaccine. Health officials say parents have been skeptical about having their children immunized with a live virus vaccine, even though it's perfectly safe.

"When you say live virus that makes a lot of people more nervous about it even though its been tested for this population and its perfectly safe, it just makes people a little nervous to hear that and especially when you talk about giving it to their young, a young child," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Health District Director.

By next week, health departments across the state should receive 50,000 doses of the injectible vaccine. Health officials believe more people will be interested in the traditional shot.

They say people with compromised immune systems, seniors, and pregnant women will be the first to receive the H1-N1 shots. At that point, the remaining nasal vaccine will be available to healthy people between the ages of four and 49. Right now, It's only being given to young children.

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