The H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive in cities this week.Â The vaccine is available in a shot form or nasal spray.Â The spray will be more readily available during the first wave of distribution.Â People with a compromised immune system (young children and pregnant women) will not be able to receive the nasal spray.Â The flu vaccine will be available next week in certain areas, but in the following weeks every city will have it available.Â 75 million doses will be available by the end of the year.Â Check with your doctor about where you can get it.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) claims that they have not seen any serious side effects in studies, and that it has generated a good response.Â The CDC recommends a flu shot for those who may experience problems if they were to get the swine flu these groups include: pregnant women, caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months, everyone between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, and people ages 25 to 64 with existing health problems.
The Department of Health and Human Services will post availability listings for the vaccine on Flu.gov.Â Certain groups will be required to take the vaccine including military and specific state government health care workers, but there are no penalties if someone doesnâ€™t get it.
The CDC has reported that some H1N1 shots will contain the preservative thimerosal, and others won’t.Â Your doctor will know what your shot contains. Â Some people have expressed concern about thimerosal for children because it’s mercury-based, but the CDC states there is no scientific evidence the preservative is harmful.
The big question today is that now it is almost hereâ€¦do you want it?Â Your doctor can help you decide if you are uncertain.
To view the CDC national map of how widespread the virus is in your state, click here