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OK parents, here's the skinny on H1H1 vaccinations for your children: some pediatric offices in the region have them, others don't.

Kaiser Permanente has received 17,000 doses of the nasal spray version of the H1N1 vaccine for use in Northern California and began distributing a limited number of them to pediatric clinics earlier this week, Dr. Stephen M. Parodi, Kaiser's chief of infectious disease, wrote in an e-mail to The Bee.

The vaccinations are being given only to certain high-risk groups as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Public Health guidelines.

Patients are asked to call Kaiser's flu information hotline at (800) 573-5811 to determine if they are eligible.

Kaiser anticipates that it will receive more vaccinations, including the injectable form, in coming weeks.

Belong to Mercy, UC Davis Health System and Sutter medical groups? Follow the link below to learn more about vaccination availability with those providers. 

Sutter Medical Foundation care centers throughout the region have received a limited supply of the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine, and officials are expecting the injection form within the next few weeks, said Liz Madison, a Sutter spokeswoman.

Mercy Medical Group officials anticipate their vaccination allotment should arrive by today, said Melissa Jue, a Mercy spokeswoman. Officials also are in the process of determining who will be first in line for the vaccination.

UC Davis Health System pediatric practices also haven't received their vaccinations yet.

"Parents already are calling our pediatric clinics to inquire about the H1N1 vaccine, and should continue to do so," said David Ong, a senior public information representative for the group.

The health system plans to notify patients when the vaccination becomes available, although the method of communication hasn't yet been determined.

UC Davis also plans to follow CDC guidelines to determine which patients will be eligible first.

The state received its first allotment of H1N1 nasal spray vaccines last week, and most of the 400,000 doses went to pediatrician, OB-GYN and family practice offices, my colleague, Anna Tong, reported in a recent story.

The nasal spray vaccines are aimed at healthy kids ages 2 to 9 years old and caretakers of babies 6 months old and younger.

According to the CDC, children 6 months to 9 years old should get two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, while people 10 years old and older should get one dose.

Here is the CDC's list of target groups for the H1N1 vaccine: pregnant women (they can only get the shot form of the vaccine), people who live with or take care of babies 6 months old and younger, health-care and emergency medical personnel, people 6 months to 24 years old and people 25 to 64 years old who have medical conditions that put that at higher risk for flu-related complications.

Seasonal flu vaccinations are already available, however. For more information about seasonal flu vaccines and how they may impact H1N1 vaccinations, check out this previous blog post.
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