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October 9, 2009

H1N1 shipments arrive in S.C.

South Carolina sites have begun receiving shipments of the H1N1 vaccine, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. For now, only small amounts of the MIST vaccine have arrived at health departments and private health providers around the state.

South Carolina sites have begun receiving shipments of the H1N1 vaccine, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

For now, only small amounts of the MIST vaccine have arrived at health departments and private health providers around the state.

"Once we get more sizeable amounts and we get the injectable (vaccine) as well, then we'll announce dates, times, locations for DHEC associated vaccination efforts," DHEC spokesman Thom Berry said.

He said he expects that to happen within a couple weeks.

"We know we're going to get a lot more shipments, literally several times a week, over the next few weeks and months," Berry said. He anticipates 2 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine will have come to the state by the end of December.

Private health care providers are also beginning to get shipments. Berry said he did not know which private providers had received the vaccine Friday.

The Palmetto Health hospital system and Providence Hospital had not received any of the vaccines by Friday afternoon, their spokeswomen said.

When sufficient amounts of vaccines arrive, DHEC will begin announcing locations where residents can get the H1N1 vaccine.

Check the Web site, www.scdhec.gov/flu for information about both H1N1 and regular seasonal flu.

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