CDC says swine flu now substantial in nearly every state - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/1/09

CDC says swine flu now substantial in nearly every state

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The weekly flu report from the CDC says the virus is now substantial in nearly every state and it continues to impact pregnant women. By the end of August, 100 women had to be hospitalized and 28 had died. 

Meanwhile, the first doses of the H-1-N-1 vaccine will be available Tuesday, but this first batch is in the form of a nasal vaccine and will likely go to health care workers first. Pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions should not get flu mist, the nasal vaccine, but ask for the shot instead.  The H1N1 shot is expected to become available later next week.

The CDC is trying to alleviate concerns now and emphasizing that the vaccine is very safe."The H1N1 vaccine is being produced exactly same way as seasonal flu with exactly the same careful oversight," said Anne Schuchat, M.D., with the National Center for Immunizations and Resp. Dis. "We've gone an additional step with that and are doing extra clinical trials, and they have not found any red flags in terms of safety."

Don't forget you can get a seasonal flu shot already at Walgreens, no appointment is necessary, but expect about a 15 minute wait. CVS says it will begin offering flu shots this coming Tuesday.

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