H1N1 vaccine arriving soon in Northwest Ohio

By Justin Michaels - 
Posted by Nick Dutton -

WOOD COUNTY, OHIO (WTOL) - Area health departments are gearing up to prevent a H1N1 outbreak in Northwest Ohio.

Lucas County officials say the county is on track to receive the H1N1 vaccine as soon as next week. It's expected to arrive in first or second week of October in Wood County.

The nasal spray vaccine will be available first, followed by the H1N1 shot.

David Grossman, Lucas County Health Commissioner, says there is some question the nasal vaccine may not give adults as much immunity as the shot.

Both vaccines will first available to people with pre-existing conditions or those at higher risk of getting the flu.

"Once we know our high risk populations are covered, then we'll open up clinics to the general public," said Wood County Health Department's Ann Smith.

"Eventually there'll be enough for everybody. So nobody needs to panic that they're not getting the first round," said Smith.

The vaccine is free to area health departments, so there will be no charge to receive the vaccine.

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