MMS Flu Advisory: H1N1 Vaccine Recommendations Expanded to All Residents

Flu Advisory BoxAlthough it remains focused on vaccinating priority groups, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) today expanded H1N1 vaccine recommendations to all residents. To date, DPH has distributed over two million doses of the H1N1 vaccine, and expects to receive additional large shipments from the federal government in the next month.

DPH’s initial target for shipments were health care providers vaccinating the priority groups, including pediatric and obstetric providers, but it is now shipping vaccine to internal medicine. While not all physicians who have registered with the DPH have received their full supply, DPH expects they will in the next several weeks. Physicians who would like to receive vaccine must register with the DPH; there is no charge for the vaccine.

DPH has also asked local public health departments to begin planning large-scale public flu clinics open to all residents. As these clinics are planned they will be posted on http://flu.masspro.org.

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