DSHS: 15M H1N1 shots expected by January

October 13, 2009 4:16:08 PM PDT
Texas will receive a total of 506,200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine over the past two weeks, but millions more are expected by the new year, officials with the Department of State Health Services said. [SWINE FLU: Symptoms, questions and answers and more]

During the week that ended Oct. 2, the state received 142,400 of the nasal inoculations.

By the week of Oct. 9, medical officials were given 363,800 doses, including 235,000 injectable vaccinations and another 128,800 nasal vaccinations.

Most of the mist forms of the vaccination will be provided to facilities for 2- and 3-year-old patients.

The shot form supply is being given to some registered providers for pregnant women and children from 4 to 18 years old.

DSHS officials said that 12,000 Texas providers registered to receive the vaccine, but it could take up to 14 days to determine which facilities still require it.

Availability of the shots will be low over the first few weeks due to the volume of requests providers expect, state officials said.

They urge residents to be patient about vaccination requests, and said they expect Texas to receive 15 million doses of the antivirus by the end of January.

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