The state Department of Health Services expands the H1N1 vaccination group to include healthy school age children and young adults. Seth Bofelli with DHS says that move comes after a survey of private and public health care providers. “What we found was that private health care providers – doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals – they have about a week’s supply,” said Bofelli. “They’re primarily focusing on those with underlying health conditions, whereas the public providers have a little more vaccine available.”
Based upon the H1N1 vaccine supply and feedback from providers, Wisconsin is returning to the original CDC target group recommendations. Even though the numbers of cases of H1N1 appear to be decreasing here and nationwide, Boffelli said it’s a good idea to get the vaccine, and a seasonal flu vaccine as well.
There is still not enough H1N1 vaccine to open vaccinations to the general public statewide at this time. DHS continues to monitor the vaccine supply and will continue to expand the vaccine groups as quickly as possible.