I actually came to this topic to post that we had a vaccine clinic over the weekend and there was not enough demand to deplete the assigned vaccinations. Might be because the virus has already come through.I thought for a moment that people were allowing the most in need to receive their shots first but then I saw this storyFamilies queue up in a long line that extended around Bedford High School for the first countywide H1N1 vaccination clinic Monday. The gymnasium was transformed into a large clinic, which opened after the end of the school day and ran through 7 p.m. The first vaccinations were offered primarily for pregnant women, children 2 and younger, caregivers and those with special health concerns.
The clinic was for high risk and kids.
More than 1,000 area people received vaccinations Monday for the H1N1 virus.
People lined the halls, sidewalks and parking lots at Bedford High School, hoping to receive the vaccine.
The crowd was significantly larger than Monroe County Health Department officials expected for the first clinic in the county.
"We did approximately 1,400 vaccinations," said Kim Comerzan, personal health director for the health department. "That’s twice the number we expected."
Despite the turnout, Mrs. Comerzan said the clinic ran smoothly.
"It went very well," she said.
About 15 personnel were on hand to assist with giving the shot.
Though the clinic was scheduled to take patients until 7, shots were distributed until almost 9 p.m. People who showed up after about 6 p.m. were told they would not be vaccinated because of the long wait.
Vaccinations were distributed to those among target groups. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the vaccinations for pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months, people between 6 months and 24 years old and people 25 to 64 who are at a higher risk for influenza complications due to chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.
Dr. Ted Magrum, superintendent for Bedford Public Schools, said he was at the high school several times during the clinic. "(The line) was almost out to the road," he said.
Bedford Public Schools has maintained traditional attendance numbers so far this year.
"At the beginning of last week, we had 9.5 percent total absences and by Friday, we had 4.8 percent," Dr. Magrum said. "That’s normal for flu season."
Several additional clinics have been scheduled throughout the county.
Mrs. Comerzan said that though there were enough vaccines to inoculate all 1,400 people at yesterday’s clinic, she is concerned about the youngest age group.
"We have only so many infant doses," she said.
"We lucked out last night because we had two infant doses left for the last two infants."
Mrs. Comerzan said she expects to have enough of the vaccine for those older than 6 months to carry the health department through the scheduled clinics, but that depends on demand and the allocation of the vaccines from the state. http://www.monroenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091103/NEWS01/711039995/-1/NEWS