H1N1 vaccinations could arrive by next week

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Preparations are underway for swine flu vaccinations in Alabama.

Alabama Department of Public Health is making plans to distribute 51,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine.

Physicians and hospitals could have them as early as next week.

The Jefferson County School System will get its share from the county health department.

There's no word yet on when that will start.

Another issue is the manner of administering the shots.

"We have in the past couple of weeks sent home a survey with all students asking parents if they'd be interested in students receiving the vaccine at school," said Karen Orton, Coordinator of School Nurses for Jefferson County Schools. "Just so we can get an estimate of number of kids responding to this."

The other option would be a Saturday vaccinations at the schools.

The vaccine will be free to students..

The school system will notify parents as soon as officials know when the health department will have the vaccine available.

The vaccine is also highly recommended for pregnant women and health care workers.