Maine Receives First Flu Vaccine Shipments

ELLSWORTH — The first shipment of 8,700 doses of swine flu vaccine — all in nasal spray form — began arriving in Maine this week.

The doses are intended primarily for healthy toddlers and households with toddlers, according to Dr. Dora Ann Mills, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC).


The nasal spray is for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant.

Pregnant women are at higher risk for the flu since their immune systems are suppressed during pregnancy, making them more vulnerable to communicable diseases.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three major strains of flu virus, but not the pandemic strain of the H1N1 virus.

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