First Batch Of Swine Flu Vaccines Arrive in Ingham County

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

Ashley Schaberg and her 7 and 10 year old sons were the first to get Ingham County's new batch of swine flu shots.

"I feel safer because Grant has a history or Asthma, and so I was really concerned and I wanted to make sure we could get the shot as soon as it was available," Schaberg said.

The health department received 2300 doses Tuesday.

"It's the beginning of a long journey," said Dr. Dean Sienko of the Ingham County Health Department.

But officials say the general public can't come to the health department to get the vaccine just yet.

"We're distributing it to those who treat the populations most at risk, so a pregnant woman should call her doctor, find out if they have the vaccine available, families with young children," Sienko said.

They're also administering the vaccine internally to the targeted populations.

"To our women's clinic where we see pregnant women, as well as to some of our pediatric practices," Sienko said.

But the limited supply of doses that the health department has now, hardly compares to the amount of doses they'll need over the next couple of months.

"We estimate we're going to need about 300,000 doses to cover the entire Ingham County Population, so having a couple thousand now is the very tip of the iceberg," Sienko said.

But they're expecting more doses of the vaccine to come in each week, which will be larger than this first batch.

"So, we're going to be dependent upon the system coming through for us," Sienko said.

And if you're having doubts about getting vaccinated health officials say it's your best defense.

"This vaccine has been demonstrated to be effective, it's safe, and it is the best bet we have to prevent a potentially serious and potentially deadly disease," Sienko said.


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