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Armalyn Tesoro     H1N1 flu virus vaccine

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the H1N1 vaccine has been ordered and will be available for all Canadians. It is anticipated that the vaccine will be available in Canada by next month. Since everyone cannot receive the vaccine at the same time, PHAC has prioritized who should get the H1N1 vaccine first. (www.phac-aspc.gc.ca)

People who have the greatest health risk will have first priority of obtaining the H1N1 vaccine. These people include pregnant women, children who are 6 months to 5 years of age, those with chronic medical conditions and people living in remote areas. Health care workers, caregivers who look after infants under 6 months old and care givers to individuals with an impaired immune system will also have priority.

Those who are between 5 and 64 years of age, first responders, poultry and swine workers and those 65 years old and up would be next to get the vaccine. Those who are 65 years of age and older have a smaller chance of getting the 2009 H1N1 flu virus because they probably came into contact with a similar virus when they were younger.

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