Midland Health Department Working on a Plan to Distribute H1N1 Vaccine

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Federal Government has released small amounts of the H1N1 vaccine, but don't look for it locally for a couple of weeks.

Nevertheless, the Midland Health Department is putting a plan in place to distribute the vaccine based on how many doses they get, and to get that vaccine out as quickly as possible.

The vaccines should start showing up in the middle of the month, and will be available for higher risk patients first.

For the time being, the Health Department will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

The top of that list includes health care providers and emergency personnel, pregnant women, people with chronic health problems, young children, and those with young children at home.

As more of the swine flu shots become available, more places will be providing them around the city.

For a list of the priority patients and links to the latest info on the availability of the vaccine and where you can find it, click here.