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Iowa county tightens rules for H1N1 flu vaccine

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Polk County health officials have tightened the eligibility rules for the H1N1 flu vaccine.

So far, the department has given about 8,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccination, with relatively broad rules that allowed, for instance, anyone 6 months to 24 years old to get it.

Because of manufacturing delays, officials say the vaccine will only be given to those in higher-priority groups at its next clinic this Sunday in Des Moines.

Healthy children older than 4 will not be eligible.

Experts say babies, pregnant women and children with chronic health problems, such as asthma, are the most vulnerable.

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