Swine Flu vaccine headed to Kentucky

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Posted on October 1, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 5:20 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials say health workers will be among the first in line to be vaccinated against a swine flu outbreak that has become widespread.

State health officials said Thursday that the state should receive its first shipment of swine flu vaccine next week. Department for Public Health state epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says Kentucky is expected to get an initial allocation of 24,300 doses of nasal vaccine.

Humbaugh says the doses will be designed for health care workers under age 50, people caring for young children and children and young adults from ages 2 to 24.

Kentucky's public health Commissioner Dr. William Hacker says more shipments will arrive, with injectable forms of the vaccine expected in coming weeks.

The flu outbreak has forced some school districts to close. The state has reported one swine flu death.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.? All Rights Reserved.)

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