Supplies of the swine flu nasal vaccine in the state have become plentiful enough for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to ease its recommendations on who should get the spray.
Previously, only those in high risk categories ages 2-49 were supposed to be given the H1N1 nasal mist. Starting Thursday, anyone in that age range is eligible to get the mist.
More of the nasal mist vaccine is available than the injectable vaccine, which still is recommended only for those in high-risk groups such as pregnant women, health care workers and those with such underlying health problems as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
Vaccines are available at some private physician practices and pharmacies or at public health clinics. For clinic information, call (803) 576-2886 in Richland County, (803) 791-3580 in Lexington County or (866) 411-5767 in Kershaw County, or go online to scdhec.gov.
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