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Ala public health officials unveil swine flu vaccine allocation plan
By Ala children top priority for swine flu vaccine
Montgomery, AL – - The state Department of Public Health is
going to allocate incoming swine flu vaccine to priority groups in
Alabama because of the vaccine's scarcity.
The health department is allocating incoming vaccine first to
these groups: providers who can vaccinate children 6 months through
4 years old, children 5-18 with underlying health problems,
pregnant women, caregivers of babies under 6 months and health care
workers. The department is asking doctors to reserve vaccine for
those groups until bigger supplies arrive.
Department spokesman Dr. Jim McVay said Thursday that they will
not be starting school clinics for children younger than 10 until
the end of November.
State Health Officer Don Williamson said clinics for older
children and staff will not happen until December and January.