Thursday, October 15, 2009

SWINE FLU VIRUS: No rush for H1N1 vaccine

Few first responders, care workers line up to get inhaled FluMist

Oct. 13, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal


A dozen or fewer of the 550 emergency first responders with the Las Vegas Fire Department received the inhaled H1N1 FluMist vaccine Saturday, an indication they are probably concerned about the problems that could arise from a vaccination involving a live virus, an official said Monday.

"I know I'm leery about a live virus going into me," said department spokesman Tim Szymanski.

He said most department personnel may have "elected to wait for the shot ... My wife is a nurse and she feels the same way."

There were no long lines at the Southern Nevada Health District on Shadow Lane on Saturday as the first of more than 20,000 doses of the FluMist H1N1 vaccinations were made available to medical providers and first responders.

Only 326 people showed up, a number that health district spokeswoman Stephanie Bethel said could have been handled by nurses in an hour.

"A significant number of health care workers, paramedics and firefighters are concerned about the FluMist," said Dr. Dale Carrison, head of the emergency department at University Medical Center. "I wish it weren't that way, but it is."


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