All can now get swine flu shot in Ill.

December 24, 2009 6:36:58 AM PST
Starting Tuesday, anyone older than 6 months can get the swine flu vaccine in Illinois. Initially, the vaccine was limited to those in high-risk groups, such as children and the elderly. Now, state health officials say there's enough of the medication to go around.

Many retail pharmacies are expected to receive vaccine this month.

Some places already started offering vaccinations to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. That includes Walgreen's pharmacies in Chicago, and the Cook County Department of Public Health.

Walgreen's hopes to expand that statewide by the end of the week.

Cook County's health department vaccinated 320 people at its first shopping mall swine flu clinic Saturday in Calumet City; with 80 doses left over. It plans more mall clinics early next week and in the week before New Year's.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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