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Well Indiana is on the front lines of the campaign against the H1N1 virus starting today.
Doctors and health care workers in the state are among some of the very first in the country to receive the H1N1 vaccine.
Here's the question is the state fully prepared for this year's flu season.
Joining me now somebody -- can tell us Judith Monroe with commissioner of the Indiana state department of health welcome doctor we appreciate you being here.
Thank you good to be with you how many doses have you received for your state and are you ready to distribute them with without any despair -- panic everywhere are all kinds of stories of just the straight talk.
Yes where we're ready we've got statewide plan we break it down by county so we've received over.
28000 doses for our state we had 5200.
-- come in to Marion County our largest -- today and that vaccine.
Not only was delivered that was already yeah sent out to hospitals which -- hospital today started activating other health care workers within hours of receipt of the vaccine wonderful are there any roles where it's it's children and pregnant women first people with compromised.
Immune systems -- what's going on here.
Yes absolutely that the vaccine that we received today.
Is the flu -- or the nasal spray.
And that vaccine.
Can only be given to those ages two to 49 that are healthy.
And so pregnant women those with chronic disease immune deficiency.
Need to wait another couple weeks until we get the vaccine that's injectable but children can get the nasal spray.
Yes from -- two on -- page 49.
-- front page of the Wall Street Journal today there's some question as to whether budgets are prepared to be able to to administer these H1N1 vaccines.
Do you think that your state will end up needing more money.
Well -- that we day.
One of the things that we're still seeing as how many of our private providers.
-- will actually take the vaccine and administer it and then they can charge the administration fee.
And so whether.
Their billing Medicare Medicaid.
For the administration -- or whether we need to do more public clinics.
Will will know that as we see things unfold.
But right now we're doing very well.
Doctor why is it that Indiana is is sort of being looked upon as -- the test experiment here.
The Guinea pig you guys are among the first to be getting this because I called my pediatrician today and ask.
When can I start calling for my kids and they said mid October that they've applied but that that they expect to get a mid October for New Jersey.
Well we and we were one of the first dates to order vaccine but all the states will be receiving it and and that's will be rolled out over the next couple weeks.
So you know everybody just needs to remain calm and they'll they'll get in line for the vaccine -- it becomes -- they'll make sure.
Cents to roll it out rather slowly now the CDC is expected to promote this with a big media blitz but they're holding back because I obviously figure that they don't want to.
Say -- get it and then it's not there -- -- every state happened.
Well I expect every state to have some vaccine within the next week because it started to be delivered today today was first day of delivery.
And so -- be at least some out -- first vaccine is the nasal spray and it isn't smaller quantities.
Arm and in fact some of our counties decided not to order the nasal spray and just wait for the injectable form.
Which is that killed vaccine and can be given to more people.
Doctor you know that there is contingent out there that doesn't want this thing they don't want the vaccine they're worried about side effects of course there was a seven year old little girl who who passed away and people get nervous about that what would you say to people out there who are questioning whether they should get out there.
What I would say I'm a family physician as well as a parent and I will tell you I have seen through the course of my career.
A lot of devastation and and heartache over diseases that could have been prevented by vaccine.
Vaccines one of the greatest public health interventions that that we've ever had it's primary prevention.
This is a safe vaccine it's been produce the same.
As are other seasonal influenza vaccines.
And safety is first so.
I would really encourage folks to get the vaccine.
We've seen deaths and we've seen certainly hospitalizations from the split and we don't know if this.
Stick to -- influence that could.
Cuts cause more severe disease as the winner goes on.
Doctor Monroe thank you very much I know it'll be a very busy couple of weeks for you all but we appreciate you coming on to talk to Fox Business.
My pleasure doctor Judith -- commissioner of the Indiana state department of health the closing bell ringing.
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