H1N1 Vaccine Coming to Pine County Soon
The Minnesota Department of Health announced Wednesday that over 160 cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported in the state since the September 1st. Pauline Amundson, with Pine County Public Health, says several cases have occurred in Pine County, but adds that a vaccine is expected soon.
Amundson says an initial shipment of the vaccine came into the county last week and was given to health care workers, but adds that there was not enough to cover all health care workers in the county. She says the remainder of these workers, along with pregnant women, children under school age, and school age children with medical conditions will get top priority when the next shipment arrives because they are more susceptible to serious illness.
Amundson says the exact number of cases of H1N1 in Pine County is unknown but says it is “widespread.” Once the county receives the vaccines, Amundson say they will immediately start planning vaccination clinics.
Another concern is getting the vaccine to schools. Amundsons says that the county is planning to schedule clinics for all four school districts during school hours once vaccines arrive.
The clinics done at Pine County schools will only be in the form of the injectable vaccine. Amundsons this is for efficiencies reasons. She adds that if parents want their children to get the vaccine another way, such as the nasal spray, they can should go to one of the public clinics.