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Swine Flu vaccine supply is steady

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Southwest Georgia Health District still has more than 1,400 doses of the H1-N1 vaccine available that have a shelf life of about a year.

Some doses of the vaccine will expire soon, but much of southwest Georgia's supply won't expire until May of next year.

Health officials still recommend the H1-N1 vaccine for people who never got it and for children under 10 who only got the first of two recommended doses for children.

Eventually, the unused doses will be sent back to the CDC.

"This particular vaccine is being returned to the CDC when the expiration date has hit, because they actually provided the formula this time around," said Carolyn Maschke of the Southwest Georgia Health District.

The next seasonal flu shot that will be available this fall will also include protection against the H1-N1 virus. so you'll only need one shot. There are still some sporadic outbreaks of the illness in Georgia.

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