An early shipment of vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 flu (swine flu) came into the Jackson County Health Department on Tuesday of this week.
Quantities are limited in this first shipment of vaccine, so the vaccine has only been sent to public health clinics. This first shipment is the live virus nasal spray and is being targeted for healthy children aged 2-4 years.
Children in this age range will require two doses of the vaccine at least four weeks apart. More vaccine is expected to arrive in the next few weeks, including the inactivated injectable form.
Public Health clinics will provide the vaccine at no charge to patients, though Medicare or Medicaid will be billed for an administration fee.
Officials say that you cannot get the flu by taking this vaccine. The nasal spray vaccine sometimes produces mild side effects. The most common side effects are runny nose, wheezing, nasal congestion and fever. These are rare and less severe than any problems created by actually having the flu.