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H1N1 vaccine available to all Iowans beginning Monday

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - For the past couple months, hospitals and clinics have been focusing on getting the H1N1 vaccine to priority groups. But even though it becomes available to everyone else on Monday, that does not mean your local pharmacy or family doctor is guaranteed to have it in stock.

Doug Beardsley, Johnson County's Public Health director, says the supply of  H1N1 vaccine is increasing, but there may still be shortages for one key reason.

"We want to get as much vaccine to people before they gather for the holidays. There is a third wave of influenza expected," Beardsley explained.

He expects that wave to hit in January or February.

"We're trying to get it out to a lot of our doctor's offices, and we'll be working with pharmacies, and we are going to be doing some things with the schools. We're trying to make it as convenient as possible."

Beardsley says availability will vary county to county, and price will depend on your pharmacy or doctor. In the meantime, he encourages people to also get their seasonal flu vaccine, if they can find it.

We asked people on the streets of Iowa City if they'd gotten their H1N1 shot yet, or if they even plan to.

"I'd be be all in favor of getting it," said Jarod Warner. "I mean, I don't want to miss any work to sick days."

"I'm glad for them to have it," said Jennifer Wolffe, "but I don't take vaccines usually for flu."

University of Iowa student Joe Moriarty had just gotten his. "I think it's good that everybody's going to be able to get it, because it's a threat that's out there and people should be protected against it."

One reminder: if you plan to get both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines at the same time, you can do so, as long as they're not both the nasal-spray type.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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