Health Department targets young adults to get swine flu vaccine

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New information today on the fight against swine flu. Although the vaccine is widely available, the state health department says the highest number of confirmed cases are among young adults. However, it appears that those between 18 and 24 are the least likely to be vaccinated.

Now may be a good time to finally give in and get that flu shot.

"It wasn't bad at all, didn't hurt, no pain, almost like using a nasal spray like Afran or something," said nursing student Jameelah Johnson.

For Johnson it could be a matter of life or death if she catches the flu while working in the hospitals.

"It's better to always be safe than sorry. I'd rather prevent it before it happens. I don't like getting sick. I don't know of too many people who do like being sick, but it's always a good thing just to get it, you know," said Johnson.

But the option of sticking something up your nose may not appeal to everyone.

"I was worried about the nasal injection but they said I can get the shot, so I was good with that," she said.

The health department is targeting young adults. That's why a new "Flu-Mobile" took center stage at Bryant and Stratton College, trying to give easy access to students in between classes. It's a slow progress, but students are catching on.

"It's a big thing for healthy people as well, so that was big for me and I also have 2 children, so I thought I'd go through it first before I think about wanting to give them the shot," said Jordanne Work, nursing student.

So even if you think you're healthy, you may want to consider it. Health officials say influenza is unpredictable and the likelihood of a future wave of H1-N1 influenza is unknown.

Health officials also say there is plenty of H1-N1 vaccine in Virginia, and with this week being "National Influenza Vaccination Week" you can get vaccinated for free until Saturday. Check out your local health department.

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