New York state will get its first doses of swine flu vaccine next week, with many reserved for health care workers, some of whom oppose the mandatory inoculations.
"We're going into a third flu season in one calendar year," said Dr. Richard Daines, the state commissioner of health. "And there's a lesson there. Every time flu rips through our system it creates harm."
In the first round, the vaccine will be made available to those the Centers for Disease Control's considers at high risk.
That includes health care workers, pregnant women, children and young adults and people between ages 25 and 64 who have health conditions that could lead to medical complications from the flu.
New York is the first state to mandate flu vaccinations for health care workers.