A key weapon in the fight against the H1N1 flu gets the government's stamp of approval. The Food and Drug Administration approved the H1N1 vaccine Tuesday and said shipments will arrive in Central Indiana shortly. But not everyone's convinced the shot is safe.
On the heels of the CDC's recommendation and approval, Indiana's State Health Commissioner wants Hoosiers to know the H1N1 vaccine is not only safe, but it will soon become available.
"We encourage people to get it because we know this is going to create more disease, we're going to have more people hospitalized," said State Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Monroe.
The FDA approved 4 out of the 5 manufactures of the new vaccine and announced shipments will be arriving by mid October.
Nationwide, the federal government has ordered 190 million doses. The State Department of Health says Indiana will see some of that sooner. More than 830,000 doses will be here by the first week in October. An additional 400,000 will arrive each week thereafter.
"I do hope that folks realize this is a safe vaccine and certainly welcome everyone to talk to their health care provider about concerns they may have," said Dr. Monroe.
Some of those health care providers are weary.
"Most people should not get the swine flu vaccine. Number one they don't have enough of it and number two it hasn't been - I think there's still some greater risk," said Dr. Stan Kardatzke of Indy Urgent Care.
Some parents are still skeptical, even though children are on the priority list to get the new shot.
"There's no guarantee that that's not going to be the thing that is the problem," said father of two John Criss.
Adults will only require one shot of the new vaccine, children will require two.
H1N1: Vaccine Approved
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