State expects enough H1N1 vaccine for all who want it

State public health officials expect there will be enough H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants to get vaccinated.

In a morning press conference, Mel Kohn, Oregon's public health director, said vaccination clinics should be up and running by the middle of October.

Kohn said the vaccine will be distributed to counties equally on a per capita basis. Each county has developed its own plan for making the vaccine easily available.

The first deliveries of vaccine will be mostly in nasal spray form, which has been approved for people between the ages of 2 and 49. Injectable vaccine for older people should be available later in October, Kohn said.

He said several groups that should be vaccinated as soon as possible, including people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years; pregnant women; people caring for or living with infants under the age of 6 months; people aged 25 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions; health care workers and law enforcement and public safety officers.

Kohn noted that federal officials expect that there will be 300 million doses of vaccine available, which would be enough to vaccinate nearly every person in the United States.

Vaccine for the seasonal influenza will also be available. Kohn recommended people get both vaccinations.

— Bill Kettler

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