Swine flu vaccine expected to trickle into Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Department of State Health Services says that the swine flu vaccine will begin trickling into the state over the next week or two.

The department said Wednesday that the first vaccines will be in the mist form. Dr. David Lakey, the department commissioner, says the first week's allocation of about 237,000 doses of FluMist will go to children 2 and 3 years of age.

He urges Texans to be patient as the vaccines begin arriving. For example, he says "pregnant women are one of the highest priority groups for vaccination, but the first vaccine available to us is FluMist. Pregnant women should not receive FluMist."

Department spokesman Doug McBride says officials hope some shots will arrive in the next batch. For that batch, pregnant women, more 2 and 3-year-olds and health care workers are expected to get the vaccines.

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