LA receives first H1N1 vaccines
The H1N1 flu vaccine has arrived in Louisiana. The anticipated delivery date was yesterday Wednesday, October 7.
According to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Hospitals, the state should receive about 26, 000 doses of the vaccine which will be distributed to about 50 pediatricians throughout the sate.
Only the nasal spray, FluMist, is being administered currently, however the H1N1 vaccine shots are expected to being arriving within the next week.
The spray is only approved for healthy people aged 2 through 49. Children are generally seen to experience the most complications within this group, so they are bring prioritized.
For all children under the age of 10 receiving FluMist, a second does will need to be administered within 3 to 4 weeks after the initial dose.
Once the injectable vaccine is shipped out, health care workers and pregnant women will be the first to be vaccinated. The second target group to receive the vaccine will be healthy adults with preexisting conditions such as diabetes or asthma.
Shipments of the vaccine can be expected to be distributed every five to ten days for the next three months. It is expected that hundreds of thousands of doses should be received by the end of the month.
According to information released by department officials on Monday, the death toll in Louisiana has risen to 14 with 3 occurring just last week.
There have been 1,348 confirmed cases of H1N1 by labs this year indicating that about 79,000 people have been infected.
The state public health laboratory tests only hospitalized cases and specimens sent by doctors who as “sentinel” offices . This assists the state in monitoring the status of the virus throughout the state.