H1N1 ("swine") influenza vaccine has arrived

Just this week we are beginning to have our initial doses of H1N1 vaccine arrive. Our first shipment included nasal vaccine. Injectable is anticipated to arrive this week.

We are continuing to have walk-in flu shot Saturdays from 9am to 12noon. Our staff are successfully keeping up with unprecedented volume and waits for families have been short.

Injectable H1N1 vaccine is recommended for all patients 6M to 24 years old.

Nasal H1N1 vaccine is for children age 2 to 24 years old without chronic illnesses like asthma. Nasal H1N1 and seasonal nasal influenza vaccines cannot be given at the same time and must be separated by one month. There are not restrictions on timing of either injectable vaccines and injectable vaccines can be mixed with nasal vaccine without problem.

Supply will be coming in small batches over the coming weeks. It is best to keep an eye on our web site or call clinic on Friday evening to see if we will have adequate supply for Saturday flu shot clinic.

Seasonal influenza vaccine is currently in short supply but we do anticipate another 1000 dosages to arrive sometime in November. Updates will be posted on our website.

Excellent review by Dr. Paul Offit at "New York Times":http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/opinion/12offit.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&src=tptw&adxnnlx=1255452705-1QCseUXp9C4rvdfouAf3MQ