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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2009

First shipment of H1N1 vaccine arrives in Kansas City, Mo.
Limited initial supply intended for children 2 to 4 years old

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department announced today that the first delivery of 2,700 doses of H1N1 vaccine has arrived in Kansas City, Mo. Of this initial shipment, 2,400 doses were direct shipped to medical care providers. The remaining 300 doses are being delivered to providers with smaller requests for vaccine.

The initial shipments are the nasal-spray vaccines. With such a limited supply, these doses are intended for healthy children 2 to 4 years old. Parents with children in this age group may contact their physician to check for availability of vaccine. As the deliveries are expected to arrive once a week, it is not advised to make multiple calls to your doctor’s office to check for availability.

As this vaccine contains a weakened, live virus, it is not recommended for pregnant women or children with significant underlying health conditions. Injectable vaccine that contains a killed virus is expected to begin arriving within the next few weeks.

Medical providers who would like to receive future shipments of the vaccine may contact the Health Department to be placed on the order list.

Media updates will continue to be made as more details are available. For more information on this topic, visit our Web site at www.kcmo.org/health.

Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

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