The Flu.gov website includes a nationwide list of of who has the H1N1 flu shot, once you choose your state then a list of clinics with contact information will be shown for your area.Â Â TheÂ swine flu shot is being given first to people considered high-risk (this includes pregnant women and young children).Â To see who has the flu shot available in your area, click here for theÂ Flu.gov website.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) chief stated this week that the H1N1 vaccine is “remarkably safe”Â and that there is nothing scary or unique about it that should keep anyone from getting the vaccine. Actually finding a clinic that has the shot is a little more difficult.Â The NIH is reporting that 11,000,000 shipped as of October 21st, but the demand is still greater, and there are enough shots for everyone that wants one, but asked for patience on the part of the public.Â
President Obama declared a national emergency on Saturday as the number of swine flu victims swelled to over 1,000 deaths so far, and 100 of them have been children. Since April, millions of people have been infected with the virus in the US, and over 20,000 have been hospitalized, according to CNN. The swine flu is now widespread in almost every state in the country, to see the CDC map of the states, click here. They are working on getting the vaccine out to everyone as soon as possible.
In a statement written Friday night, Obama said: â€œThe 2009 H1N1 pandemic continues to evolve. The rates of illness continue to rise rapidly within many communities across the nation, and the potential exists for the pandemic to overburden health care resources in some localities, thus, in recognition of the continuing progression of the pandemic, and in further preparation as a nation, we are taking additional steps to facilitate our response.”