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County Health Officer Comments On H1N1 Vaccine Risk

Sonora, CA — While some Mother Lode residents may be concerned about the risk of the new H1N1 vaccine, Tuolumne County Health Officer Dr. Todd Stolp assures the public this is a pure vaccine.

As Dr. Stolp points out, "You take a risk every time you back the car out of the driveway to go grocery shopping. The need for food is obviously greater than the risk involved. The same is true for the H1N1 vaccine.

This is a pure vaccine produced under the same standards and procedures as the seasonal flu vaccine. Those who do not have other health issues should not be concerned with the effect of the new H1N1 vaccine."

Tuolumne County has already received 600 doses of the vaccine, 500 of which have been distributed to local health care providers. 100 doses have been retained by the Health Department to distribute to those who do not have a health care provider. By the end of the month an additional 8,000 doses will be on hand.

Dr. Stolp adds, "At that time we’ll be able to initiate our school vaccination program. Students will only be vaccinated upon the approval of their parents or legal guardians."

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com