Maine expected to get flu vaccine next week

Posted Sept. 30, 2009, at 10:46 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Center for Disease Control says the state hopes to receive its first shipments of swine flu vaccine next week.

The Maine CDC says it’s placing orders starting Wednesday. It says the first inoculations will be in the form of a nasal spray, which is only recommended for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant. Injectable H1N1 vaccines are expected to follow in staggered shipments.

Also on Wednesday, Gov. John E. Baldacci renewed a proclamation of civil emergency, which was originally signed on Sept. 1.

The proclamation facilitates a statewide vaccination campaign and provides immunity from tort liability for approved health care workers who administer the flu vaccines.

Officially, Maine has identified more than 380 cases of swine flu, with one death and 19 hospitalizations. The actual number is believed to be far higher.

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