The Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting that the first shipments of the novel H1N1 flu vaccine are expected to arrive in South Carolina next week. 25,000 doses of the nasal spray vaccine will be the first of the shipments. DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control Chief Dr. Jerry Gibson said those who should get the nasal spray form of the vaccine are health care workers, along with persons two through 49 years of age who have no underlying chronic condition like heart disease or asthma and not pregnant. The injectable vaccines will begin arriving shortly thereafter.
Dr. Gibson says there will be a network of over 250 private providers that will eventually receive and offer the vaccine. Persons should talk to their doctors or health care providers to determine if they will be providing the vaccine and when will be the right time for them to get vaccinated.