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For Release:  October 16, 2009                                                                
Contact: Pamela Williams                        
Office of Communications                        
405/271-5601

Additional H1N1 Vaccine Coming to Oklahoma

State health officials confirmed today an additional 65,900 doses of the novel H1N1 influenza vaccine is expected to arrive in the state next week. The doses will include both nasal spray and injectable vaccines.

Local county health departments will continue to target delivery of the vaccine to healthy school-aged children, pre-K through grade12, at school locations that are experiencing elevated absenteeism rates due to children and staff out with influenza. They also will focus on children 6 months through 18 years with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and health care workers in direct contact with acutely ill patients.

The vaccine will be available through clinics conducted by local county health departments and the Indian Health Service. In addition, beginning next week, county health departments will also be able to transfer some vaccine to a small number of health care providers who have signed Provider Agreements on file with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and serve patients in the targeted groups. Once larger quantities of vaccine arrive in the state, additional private providers will be added to the vaccine distribution network.         

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is projected to receive H1N1 vaccine in weekly shipments through early January 2010. Initial doses will be provided to those priority groups most at risk from complications of H1N1 influenza, including the following:

  • Pregnant women
  • People caring for infants less than 6 months of age
  • Children and young adults from 6 months to 24 years of age
  • Persons aged 25 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions
  • Health care workers and emergency medical responders

For more information about the availability of H1N1 influenza vaccine in your area, call your local county health department or visit www.health.ok.gov, or call the Oklahoma State Department of Health toll-free H1N1 hotline at: 1-866-278-7134. Phones are answered Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

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