H1N1 vaccine made available

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The swine flu vaccine has arrived in Alabama and will be available to the public beginning Wednesday. This shipment includes the injectable, inactive vaccine; not the nasal spray.

The people at American Family Care say they received their first 900 doses of the H1N1 vaccine on Tuesday. It is believed the vaccine will be available Wednesday.

The injectable vaccine will be distributed to 23 American Family Care facilities across the state. Also, other doctors and medical offices throughout our area will be receiving the vaccine over the next few days and weeks.

This vaccine may have just arrived in time. On Tuesday, the CDC said the swine flu outbreak is reaching epidemic levels.

The vaccine will not be widely available in Alabama until late November when it is likely to be available in schools and public health departments.

Some studies show that some people are worried about getting the vaccine because of its safety. The CDC insists the vaccine is safe and that it has been fully tested.

The department of health says the latest deadly case of H1N1 is from Cherokee County, where a man in his 50's died.