Friday, January 15, 2010

Two Doses of H1N1 (Swine Flu) Needed for Children; But Many Children Only Have One

It was reported in USA Today that children under 10 years of age are supposed to have two doses of the Swine Flu immunization but many have only received one.    The doses are supposed to be about 21-28 days apart.  "Hundreds of thousands of children are overdue for a second dose of H1N1 vaccine that's needed to fully protect them from swine flu, a USA TODAY review of data from 10 states shows.
"Up to 80% of children under 10 who got a first dose are overdue for a second in some states. More are coming due, as health officials brace for a possible resurgence this winter. No state had more than about half of children with a second dose."
Read the rest of the article "Thousands of high-risk kids missing 2nd H1N1 flu doses", USA Today, January 15, 2010.  Read more about swine flu in Maine.

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