Strong demand for swine flu vaccine in Alabama

By Stephen Gallien - email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is being overwhelmed with requests for the vaccine for H1N1 influenza, which is also called Swine Flu.

The state health department started taking orders from licensed health care providers for the vaccine through an online ordering system Tuesday at noon.  Requests have now topped one million in less than 48 hours.  State health officials say that's a huge request considering the state only gets 1.2 million doses of vaccine for seasonal flu on average.

The state is still expected to receive about 45,000 doses of H1N1 mist the week of Oct. 4th.

At this time, only one H1N1 immunization is needed for appropriate protection for people over nine years of age.

Influenza-like illness has been reported across the state at an elevated level over the past six week.  Currently about 18 percent of emergency room patients are reporting flu-like symptoms.

Eight people in Alabama who were positive for H1N1 influenza died this year.  The deaths were reported in Bullock, Dale, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Macon, Montgomery and Russell counties.

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