H1N1 Flu nasal spray vaccine available to wider population


The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) announced that thanks to vaccine supplies gradually catching up with demand, Hawai‘i vaccination providers can now use the 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine (LAIV — live attenuated influenza vaccine) to vaccinate any healthy, nonpregnant persons ages 2 through 49 years old. Vaccination providers were notified of the expanded eligibility for H1N1 nasal spray vaccine earlier this past week.

However, for the shots (MIV — injectable monovalent inactivated vaccine), vaccination providers should continue to adhere to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended priority groups for vaccination:

The CDC and DOH recommend the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine for all healthy people 2-49 years old who are not pregnant. Vaccination is voluntary and the best protection available against the 2009 H1N1 flu.

For more information on H1N1 influenza or the vaccine, call your doctor, visit flu.hawaii.gov, or call Aloha United Way at 2-1-1. The DOH also is on Twitter. Follow us at www.twitter.com/HIgov_Health

For a list of where to get your flu vaccination in Hawaii visit: H1N1 vax provider Resource List.pdf

For vaccinations elsewhere check: www.flu.gov/individualfamily/v…