Montana to Get First Shipment of Swine Flu Vaccine

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The state Department of Public Health and Human Services says it will receive its first shipment of swine flu vaccine this week.

The initial shipment is in the nasal spray form of the vaccine and will be given to a small segment of the target populations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those groups include pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, health care workers, children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years and people from the ages of 25 through 64 with chronic health problems or comprised immune systems.

DPHHS Director Anna Whiting Sorrell says standard shots are expected to arrive later in the fall. Local health departments will announce when the vaccines are available in their areas.