Special Coverage: Swine Flu
There are six County Public Health Centers and one County Immunization Clinic in San Diego County offering the H1N1 flu vaccine. The vaccine is currently available for people in the high risk groups for complications from H1N1 flu:
Above: Nurse Melody McKever (L) administers a nasal spray dose of the H1N1/swine flu vaccine to Pediatrics Chairman Dr. Philip Ozuah at Montefiore Medical Center October 6, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
The county is reporting that supplies of the vaccine are running low. People who are looking for the vaccine are urged to contact their primary care providers. Officials are expecting 311,000 more doses of the vaccine between the end of this week and the first week of November. Most of these doses will go to private health care providers.
San Diego County public health officials say the best way to prevent against getting infected with the H1N1 influenza virus is to get vaccinated. County officials made that announcement on Wednesday, following the news that a 5-year-old girl from Otay Mesa died from swine flu last week.
Above: Researchers sort through eggs used for the cultivation of swine flu vaccine June 18 in a plant in Taichung. Taiwan is set to mass-produce swine flu vaccine in October.
The first 28,000 doses of H1N1 nasal spray vaccine have arrived or are on their way to San Diego County and will be distributed primarily to children, health officials said today.