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Family First: Flu Season

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009 --- 4:24 a.m.

In today's family first report, we wanted to touch base with a local pediatrician after lots of parents asked about when their kids could get a vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus.

They're still working on it, so the answer is please get the other long list of shots and stay tuned for an update.

Dr. Larry Elfman with Dean health pediatrics says they're getting lots of questions about H1N1.

" A lot of it is a wait and see proposition. A lot of the southern hemisphere where it's flu already they're already seeing a fair amount of H1N1. And it's very likely that we'll be seeing some in the fall. How much and how bad remains to be seen. "

So Dr. Elfman and his colleagues are waiting patiently for the CDC to have an answer.

The thought right now is that they can deliver in October, but who they can offer an H1N1 shot to and how much is still up in the air.

" What we've found with H1N1 is the population being hit are a bit different from regular flu. And especially the pediatric population, there have been more children affected than regular flu. "

Dean has a flu line but it won't be operational until late September, we will keep you posted on that and any others in town when the time comes.

Dr. Elfman says we should keep our eyes peeled to Europe, where they're thinking about fast-tracking the H1N1 shots in the coming weeks.


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