Swine flu vaccine available to public

By and Wire reports, Special to the BDN
Posted Dec. 14, 2009, at 7:51 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine health officials say the state now has enough swine flu vaccine to offer it to all who want to be vaccinated.

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says the state received a large shipment of vaccine on Monday, bringing the total number of doses to 500,000.

Mills says there are now enough doses for those in the high-risk population and the rest of the state’s population.

Health officials urge everyone to get vaccinated.

So far, 13 people in Maine have died from complications related to swine flu, but the number of H1N1 diagnoses has been decreasing.

Health officials say they still expect the virus to continue circulating for months or years.

An H1N1 flu vaccine clinic that was postponed last week because of weather was held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Bangor Civic Center.

According to Patty Hamilton, the city’s public health director, the vaccine initially was made available to individuals at higher risk for serious complications of influenza, such as pregnant women and children. By early afternoon, the vaccine was made available to whoever wanted it.

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