Riverside County is now administering injectable vaccines against the H1N1 virus at three of its 10 family-care clinics.
The vaccines arrived Tuesday and are being given at its Riverside, Perris and Palm Springs clinics, said Barbara Cole, the county's director of disease control. The limited distribution is because there are only 1,600 doses available. More are expected in coming weeks.
Until supply increases, the injectable vaccines are only being administered to pregnant women, those aged 6 months to 24 years, people who live with or care for infants 6 months or younger, people 25 to 64 with chronic diseases, and emergency and medical personnel.
The county began administering a nasal spray vaccine on Oct. 15. That vaccine is only being offered at this time to children aged 2 to 12.
Private physicians also have supplies of the two vaccines, Cole said. Flu clinics are planned for local schools and childcare centers as additional supplies of the vaccines become available.
For information on swine flu, call 211. To schedule an appointment at a county clinic, call 800-720-9553.