UPDATE @ 6pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All of West Virginia's 55 counties were represented Friday during a forum on dealing with swine flu.
Local health department leaders met with members in the Bureau of Public Health to work out a plan agreeable with everyone. Each of those representatives came with questions and concerns. The forum dealt with everything from dealing with swine flu outbreaks to tracking the vaccines.
The biggest concern right now is to ensure that vaccinations get distributed quickly and fairly. Most importantly, health officials are trying to keep the process consistent.
The vaccination is expected to arrive in West Virginia by mid-October. Each of the 55 county health departments will be responsible for its distribution, as well as the tracking of each vaccination.
The meeting was organized to give local health officials the chance to talk with state officials who are members of the Bureau for Public Health.
"It's a great chance to share information, and make sure we are all on the same page, answer questions those kinds of things," Cathy Slemp, West Virginia Health Officer said.
The Swine Flu Vaccination is expected to be available in West Virginia in mid-October.
Slemp also says that administering the Swine Flu Vaccine isn't your typical seasonal flu shot clinic.
"This time it's a little different, it's all coming through public health, but we are working in partnership with our private sector to administer it," Slemp said.
Local Health Departments will serve as vaccination "depots" says Jeff Neccuzi. He is the Director of Immunization Services at the Bureau for Public Health.
"They (the departments) are not accustomed to monitoring inventories of every provider in their county, and distributing the vaccine that way," Neccuzi. "This part is new to them."
Neccuzi says he believes there will be enough swine-flu vaccines for everyone who wants it.
High risk groups like pregnant women, elderly, chronically ill and children will be among the first to get the shot.
"It may be a little bumpy early on that is just normal to be expected as production ramps up and the vaccine begins to flow," Slemp said.
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