Friday, September 4, 2009

Flu vaccine priorities cited

Health-care workers and school-age children will be among the first people allowed to receive the swine flu vaccine in Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday.

Jindal said the state’s share of the H1N1 — also known as swine flu — vaccine should be available by November, at the latest.

Health-care workers, school-age children, people who care for children, pregnant women and the chronically ill would receive the vaccination first, he said. It will be free, though patients could be charged depending on who gives the vaccination.

State Health Secretary Alan Levine said he expects the vaccine will be dispensed to public health clinics, schools, private doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

The governor said the vaccine would be offered to a broader group of people once the state’s shipments increase.

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