NM Expects to Get H1N1 Vaccine Mid-October

New Mexico – New Mexico health officials expect to begin receiving swine flu vaccine as early as mid-October. Federal officials said this week the vaccine will be shipped in stages to the states.

State Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil said that because vaccine shipments arrive in stages, officials plan to vaccinate priority groups first.

That includes pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old, children and young adults age 6 months to 24 years, health care workers and emergency personnel and people up to 64 years old with health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from flu.

Vigil said officials have been planning for mass vaccination clinics and are well prepared for the fall flu season.

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