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H1N1 nasal spray given to more at risk groups

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Southwest Georgia Health District is now giving the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine to more groups as more vaccine arrives.

Healthy kids and young adults between the ages of two and 24 can get the nasal vaccine. The nasal mist has also been opened up to anyone under 49 caring for children younger than six months and most emergency workers with direct patient contact.

"There have been healthy children and young adults that have been impacted by this flu, but most of those have been actually children and young adults with other chronic diseases, but still that's the age group that's certainly been hit the hardest," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Health District Director.

Immune compromised children, the elderly, and pregnant women must still wait for the H1N1 shot vaccine, which could trickle into southwest Georgia in the next two weeks. Health officials stress the nasal vaccine is made the same way the seasonal flu mist is made and is perfectly safe.

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