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For Release:
October 01, 2009

Heather Howard
Commissioner

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Donna Leusner
(609) 984-7160


 
Statement on New Jersey Beginning Ordering Process for H1N1 Flu Vaccine --First Shipment to be Nasal Mistó


 

The state submitted its first order for H1N1 influenza vaccine to the federal government today on behalf of health care providers, and the first shipment is expected to arrive as early as next week.

Hospitals, primary care providers, local health Departments, community health centers and other health care providers begin placing electronic orders with the Department of Health and Senior Services. The Department then forwarded those requests to the federal Centers for Disease Control. Orders will be placed daily as vaccine becomes available over the next several months.

Vaccine is expected to arrive in stages. The first shipment will be in the form of a nasal mist. We expect health care providers to be able to place orders for injectable H1N1 vaccine in the very near future. We have been assured by the CDC that ultimately there will be enough H1N1 vaccine to accommodate everyone who wants to get it.

This U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved nasal mist for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant. Based on feedback from New Jersey healthcare providers and local health partners, the Department recommends targeting the initial delivery of H1N1 vaccine to healthy children (2-18 years of age).Therefore, the first shipment of the nasal mist vaccine is targeted to health care providers, local health departments and community health centers that have registered with DHSS and plan to target children in their immunization programs.

Individuals interested in getting the nasal mist should contact their primary care provider or local health department to find out if they plan to provide immunizations when the vaccine becomes available.

Due to the size and scope of this nationwide effort, the CDC has indicated that the initial phases of the vaccine distribution program will begin slowly and may present challenges. The state will adapt its plans as the process evolves to ensure that vaccine is sent to providers as soon as it is available.

Although H1N1 vaccinations are strongly encouraged, they are not mandatory.

Governor Corzine has ensured that anyone who wants to get an H1N1 flu shot will be able do so regardless of ability to pay. Free vaccinations for the 1.3 million uninsured New Jerseyans will be offered at public health clinics in every county throughout the state.†For those insured, vaccinations will be covered by their provider.

More information on H1N1 influenza and vaccination can be found at www.nj.gov/health/flu/h1n1.

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