East Texas H1N1 vaccine update

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It will be the largest shipment of H1N1 vaccines to arrive in Texas. The state is expected to receive one million doses this week. But, the Texas Department of State Health Services says we still haven't received our full allotment. Texas has received a little more than 5,000,000 doses of the vaccine. The East Texas region has received around 200,000 doses. Health officials continue to urge the public to get the vaccine.

"You still want to get that H1N1 vaccine even if you think you've had it before or if a physician told you you had it," said Michelle Skyrme, with the Gregg County Health Department. "Even if you understand that we are seeing less of it, we are still seeing more than we'd normally see for a flu season."

"If you're having difficulties finding a place to get the vaccine an individual can call 211 and find a place to obtain an injection or inter-nasal spray," said Paul McGaha, D.O., M.P.H., with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The state expects to receive 13,000,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of January.

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