July 30, 2009

Pregnant women among first slated to receive H1N1 vaccine

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Pregnant women and others considered especially vulnerable to H1N1 flu virus will be the first to get a vaccine when it’s available this fall, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Federal health officials expect about 120 million doses of the vaccine to be available by October, but that won’t even be enough to cover all those considered high priority to get the flu shots.

Lisa Rosetta of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah has had 294 cases of H1N1 flu since the pandemic began. Of those, 7.1 percent were in pregnant women.

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