NM Gets H1N1 Vaccine This Week

New Mexico – The New Mexico Department of Health says the first shipment of swine flu vaccine is expected to start arriving this week.

The department said Monday it has ordered about 12,000 doses of nasal swine flu vaccine that will be shipped to providers statewide. Nasal flu vaccine can only be given to people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant and do not have chronic health conditions.

Vaccine in the shot form will arrive in later shipments.

Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil is encouraging people who are at higher risk for developing serious complications from the flu to get vaccinated.

The department is advising pregnant women, caretakers of infants, children with certain chronic health conditions and health care workers to get vaccinated.

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