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By the end of this week, close to 875,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine will have been distributed to healthcare providers throughout Massachusetts. While doses are still being shipped primarily to pediatrician and ObGyn offices, we have also begun to allocate limited quantities to local public health departments across the state. Although we have only received about 25% of the total amount of vaccine ordered, if we continue on the federal government’s projected timeline, we anticipate that providers will be able to schedule public clinics for the highest priority groups in the coming weeks.

It is up to each local public clinic to decide how they wish to allocate their H1N1 vaccine doses, as long as they are adhering to the federal guidelines regarding priority groups. For example, a clinic may decide to vaccinate only pregnant women who are residents of their town or, conversely, they could choose to hold a clinic for all of the priority groups regardless of residence.

There are several ways you can stay informed about the availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine in your community:

1) Stay in touch with your health care provider.

2) Visit Limited numbers of public clinics are now posted which you can search by zip code. More clinics will be added to this database as they are scheduled.

3) Contact your local public health department, local community health center or 211 to see if they know when clinics will begin in your area.

Please remember that while we encourage all residents to utilize the comments section on this blog, DPH will no longer be able to respond to specific questions and comments.

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Communications Office

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