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Jenny Nowatzke

OMAHA (KPTM)- The wait is over; as the first batches of the H1N1 vaccines arrive in the metro.

On Monday, most area hospitals received a small dosage of the nasal spray vaccines.  But that doesn't mean you can get your hands on one just yet.

At the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), only 300 doses were delivered.

"Our plan is to divide them between health care workers who are on the front lines, and the people who could most use them in our clinics," said Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld.

With 40,000 doses needed at UNMC, the vaccines are sure to go fast.

"The government plans on producing 200 million doses, and we anticipate anyone who wants a vaccine, can receive it," said Van Schooneveld.

At Alegent Health, doctors received a total of 100 flu mist vaccines for all Alegent hospitals.

"There's a plan in place to help with the distribution of those vaccinations, to clinics who need them," said Dr. Matthew Bott.

Since the nasal spray is the only form of the vaccine currently in Omaha, deciding who gets it is already mandated by the CDC.

"They are indicated for patients two to 49-years-old, who don't have other health risks, like asthma, diabetes, or pregnant women," said Bott.

Pregnant women need to wait for the H1N1 vaccine in the form of a shot.  And, if you think you may be coming down with any sort of bug, you'll also be waiting.

"With such a limited supply, if you are having a sore throat, or flu like symptoms, you probably wouldn't be a strong candidate to get it. But, we could re-evaluate you as you are feeling better," said Bott.

Methodist Hospital, and the Creighton Medical Center also received a small dosage of the vaccines today.

Most hospitals should be getting more doses of the nasal spray vaccine daily, and hope to distribute them to the public as early as next week.

As for when the vaccine will start to show up in the form of a shot, doctors still don't know when those will arrive.

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