Colorado

Oct 16, 2009 7:30 AM by Associated Press

Swine flu vaccine slow in getting to Colorado

Colorado health officials say the 50,000 doses of swine flu the state received this week is well below the 183,300 doses they expected.

They advised local health departments and hospitals to continue providing available vaccine to high-risk groups including health care workers with direct contact with patients, preschool children ages 6 months to 4 years, school-age students ages 5 to 18 with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and parents or caretakers of babies younger than 6 months.

Colorado chief medical officer Ned Calonge says federal health officials maintain that Colorado will receive vaccine for residents who need them, although a little later than expected.

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