This week, we received some very good news about the new H1N1 flu vaccine that is currently in production. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), it seems likely that adults who receive the H1N1 vaccine when it's available next month will only need to get one shot. Previously, scientists were unclear if the new vaccine would require two shots, a month apart, in order to be effective. The new H1N1 vaccine is still being tested to see if children will need two shots in order to be protected.
The news that the H1N1 vaccine may only require one dose for adults is very encouraging, because it means that much more vaccine will be able to go around once it's available next month.
We continue to stress how important it is for folks who are considered at higher risk to get vaccinated as soon as the H1N1 vaccine is available. These groups include:
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers of children under 6 months old
- Children and young adults 6 months to 24 years old
- People aged 25-64 years old who have certain underlying health conditions which put them at greater risk of medical complications if they get the flu
- Health care and emergency medical services personnel
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