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State expands swine flu vaccine to more people

Dr. Sarah Park Dr. Sarah Park
Kelly Majam Kelly Majam

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU - (Hawaii News Now) - If you're looking to get vaccinated against swine flu there's good news. The Department of Health expanded the range so more people can get the nasal spray.

The state says supply is finally catching up with demand, but keep in mind that's only for the nasal spray dosage not the injectable shot.

The nasal spray is only for healthy, non-pregnant people between 2 and 49 years old. The main target area is college kids.

Today the Department of Health administered the nasal spray to some University of Hawaii athletes. Doctors say swine flu is hitting younger people hard yet college kids aren't getting vaccinated.

"It could be they are at the mental stage of development that I'm invincible, I'm young I'm healthy, what do I need to worry about. But the truth of the matter is they are a prime target," said Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist.

"We're all going home for the holidays so a lot of people I know are getting sick so I think it's a good idea to get vaccinated," said Kelly Majam, sophomore softball player who was vaccinated today.

The nasal spray contains the live virus which is why it isn't for everybody. It also has a shorter shelf life and the state has extra doses they don't want it to go bad which is another reason they are opening it up to more people. Contact your doctor for more information.

If you are still waiting for the shot more is on the way but it is still for the high risk priority groups.

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