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Georgia crafting swine flu vaccine plan
by lilhurricane 10:10AM Monday Sep 14 2009
By Shelia M. Poole and Craig Schneider
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With only a month to go before the first swine flu vaccine is scheduled to arrive, Georgia health officials are still devising plans to get the new vaccine to hospitals, doctors, schools, clinics and - ultimately - to your arm.

State and local health officials say they will be ready to distribute vaccine when it arrives, but numerous questions remain on where exactly it will be available and what if any cost there will be.

In addition, health agencies are still recruiting volunteers to help with the effort, coordinating with other agencies, holding discussions with school officials, and nailing down distribution sites.

The vaccine may even be offered at a drive-through and, if public demand is high enough, Turner Field.

The first batch of swine flu vaccine should roll out next month, and Georgia officials expect to receive 2 million doses by the end of October, with more to come. It’s estimated that there are 4.7 million people in Georgia who fall into high-risk categories, such as children and pregnant women, who have been advised to get the vaccine.

“This is the largest mass vaccination campaign we’ve ever done in Georgia,” said Dr. Rhonda Medows, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health.

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