The H1N1 vaccine nasal spray will be available to all non-pregnant and health South Carolinians ages 2 to 49 starting December 10. South Carolina DHEC spokesman Jerry Gibson says the expanded availability for the H1N1 vaccine only come in the form of a nasal spray, not the injections. Gibson says the nasal spray supply has become more plentiful in recent weeks.
The manufacturers of the nasal spray, according to a DHEC statement, produce faster than the amount of time it takes for the injections to arrive. Gibson says the nasal spray has a live virus in it that has been weakened, and he says it works just as well. The vaccine will only be given to ages 2 to 49 and they must not have chronic conditions like heart disease, asthma, or pregnancy. Gibson says people should receive their vaccine this winter before the next wave of H1N1 hits South Carolina.