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Swine Flu Vaccine Update

By October 17, 2009

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Residents line up for swine flu vaccine outside the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department has received a second shipment of H1N1 vaccine, and for the time being, health officials are offering the vaccine to healthy people between 6 months and 24 years old. The vaccine is free to those who qualify and is being given out at all SLVHD locations between 9:30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Long lines of people wanting the vaccine have been forming outside all SLVHD locations, but the SLVHD has extra staff on hand to get people in and out as quickly as possible. I went with my children to get the vaccine on Thursday, and the entire process took about an hour, including the time we spent waiting in line.

Children under age two get the injectable vaccine, children between 2 and 4 years old can choose between the injectable and nasal mist vaccines, and people from age 4 to 24 will get the nasal mist. Children under age 9 need to get a second vaccine dose about 28 days after the first.

Photo by Marsha Maxwell

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