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Swine flu vaccine could take weeks to reach you

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  It's on a lot of people's *gotta have* list--the swine flu vaccine.  And it's coming--soon.

"There will be a multitude of vaccines coming out, but it will start very slowly," says Dr. Larry Jecha with the Benton Franklin Health District.

There are two vaccines--an injectible and flu mist.  The Benton Franklin Health District just put in their first order for flu mist, which is a live virus, this week.  Right now round one is mostly for health care workers.

"So the highest risk population, pregnant women, will not be able to take this vaccine," adds Dr. Jecha.  "They'll have to wait until injectables come."

Meantime, schools are telling students vaccine or no vaccine, don't stop what you've been doing all along.

"The vaccine is coming, but we don't have an exact date," says Jeanne Bakker, school nurse at Southridge High School in Kennewick.  "But when it does come, we need to continue to take the precautions we've been doing."

By now you likely know the drill-- wash your hands and cover your cough; a lesson one Southridge 9th grader is learning first hand.

"I had a temperature of 100 degrees, and I went 'well that's not good!'" says freshman Amelia Burke.  Then I had to put the mask on, call my grandma.   I wasn't feeling good, but at least I know i'm not going to get anyone else sick."

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