Since supplies are limited, which group of people should get the vaccine first?
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that people at highest risk for complications from this virus, or those caring for high risk individuals who cannot receive vaccination, receive the vaccine first.
- pregnant women,
- people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age,
- health care and emergency medical services personnel,
- anyone 6 months through 24 years of age, and people ages of 25 through 64 years of age at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 influenza because of certain chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine appears to show a similar safety profile to seasonal flu vaccines, which have a very good safety track record. Examples of mild side effects are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given.
Influenza vaccines do not protect against other viruses that cause respiratory illnesses.
For more detailed information go to: CDC H1N1 General Questions or CDC Vaccine General Questions