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WASHINGTON. - Preliminary results are in from the government's tests on children and the H1N1 vaccine and it looks like some kids may need just one shot while others need two.

Experts still stress this vaccine is acting very much like the regular flu vaccine which means the older you are the easier your body can fight the virus.

Early results from pediatric trials of the H1N1 flu vaccine show most children 10 and older had "robust" immune response to the low dose of the vaccine.

"Which tells us that this vaccine is acting very similarly to what the season flu vaccine acts like in children," said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health.

That means likely just one shot or nasal spray for kids 10 and older but probably two for those under 10.

"They need a little extra, a little nudge to the immune system to respond," Fauci said.

Scientists won't know for sure until more results come in in a few weeks, but they urge parents, once the vaccine's available, don't delay.

"Give them one and then keep your eye on the information you may need to bring them back," Fauci said.

At one North Carolina teen clinic, they're waiting on both h1n1 and the seasonal flu vaccine.

"We are hoping that we'll be able to give both," said Dr. Kristin Rager of Carolinas Medical Center.

Good idea with the shots but not with the "live-virus" nasal spray.

The CDC says getting flu mist for regular flu and the spray for H1N1 on the same day could make one or both less effective.

For now, until the vaccine is ready, school nurses are taking temperatures and isolating students.

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