Pregnant women are at the top of the CDC’s list to be vaccinated against H1N1 flu when vaccine becomes available, probably some time in October. No shortage of vaccine is expected, but the first batches could be accessible in limited supply, so the agency is working to target those at highest risk first.
The list of priority groups recommended by their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is as follows:
- Pregnant women
- People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old
- Health care and emergency workers
- People ages 6 months to 24 years
- People ages 25 to 64 with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems
Experts say vaccine is expected to be available for the 159 million people in these priority groups, plus everyone else who wants a shot. And they stress that this vaccine won’t replace your regular annual flu shot. So roll up both sleeves.