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|Good Turnout at Knox County H1N1 Vaccination Clinics
|The Knox County Health Department achieved its goal: vaccinating a large number of people against the H1N1 virus.
The department held five H1N1 vaccination clinics Saturday throughout Knox County, offering both the injectable and FluMist forms of the vaccine free of charge to people in CDC-defined priority groups.
Michele Fishburn, the health department's director of community health improvement, told WGIL about an hour-and-a-half into the clinics that she was impressed with the public's response.
"It's been very steady everywhere across the county," Fishburn said. "We see lines but the lines are moving very quickly so people shouldn't be afraid to come out and they're not having to wait very long. We've been pleased with the turnout thus far."
The clinics were held at the Knox County Health Department, Hedding Grade School in Abingdon, Mabel Woolsey Elementary School in Knoxville, Rowva High School and at Williamsfield School.
Fishburn says the wait to get one of the vaccines was 15 minutes maximum. No-one was required to bring anything with them to the clinics other than a parent or guardian if they're under 18 years of age, and there is no residency restriction.
Fishburn says the department received one large shipment of the vaccine to conduct the clinics. That'll be followed by smaller subsequent shipments on a more regular basis. Fishburn says she's expects the vaccine will be made available on a more broader scale in the near future.
More information H1N1 or seasonal flu, or flu shots, can be found on the health department's website at www.knoxcountyhealth.org.
People line up at the Knox County Health Department Saturday to get vaccinated against the H1N1 virus.
(WGIL Photos and News Story by Mike Perry)
|11 07 09 by Newsroom
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