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H1N1 vaccine scarce in Arizona

PHOENIX — Arizona has been shipped less than half the swine flu vaccine it expected so far.

Physicians, families and public-health managers are becoming increasingly frustrated by their inability to get the shots to the people who need them most.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said in September it expected 800,000 to 1 million doses of the vaccine to be sent to the state by Oct. 15.

But only 332,800 had been sent as of last Wednesday.

The delay in getting the vaccine has led to disarray at public-health offices, long lines at immunization clinics and confusion and anger among those who can’t find the vaccine.

Nevertheless, Campus Heath Service spokesperson Terri West confirmed that the UA did receive some H1N1 vaccines yesterday, although she was unable to say how many.

The vaccine will be distributed on campus at a clinic to be held later in the week, West said, but could not give a specific time or date, noting that a clinic held last Tuesday was announced only hours before opening. Priority for the vaccine will be given to “”high-risk”” individuals, including pregnant women, students living in the dorms and people with asthma, she said.

Campus Health placed orders for more than 5,000 of the vaccine, but only some of that has come in so far, she said.

“”It’s just dribbling in bit by bit,”” she said.

 

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