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|H1N1 Clinics in Knox County a Success; More Every Friday
|Officials at the Knox County Health Department say they have vaccinated about 4,000 people against the H1N1 virus.
The Knox County Board of Health learned Thursday night the Knox County Health Department has received about 7,600 doses of the vaccine and are still in the process of trying to get the vaccine to people who need it.
Knox County Health Department Administrator Heidi Britton says the department held a H1N1 vaccination clinic in October where around 800 people got either the H1N1 vaccine in the mist or injectable form while a more recent clinic held at schools throughout Knox County provided over 1,400 people with one of the forms.
Britton told the board she's hoping more upcoming clinics are able to reach more people. "At this point, now we're holding Friday clinics here (at the Health Department) from 10 to 4, with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend," Britton said. "We have shared our supply with (the local doctors) through the hospitals. We continue to follow the C.D.C. guidelines in keeping with the priority groups."
Britton said the results of the clinics are exciting, and she's glad the health department can provide the vaccine. She says the upcoming Friday clinics will be held at the Knox County Health Department will still adhere to restrictions on giving out the vaccine set forth by the Center For Disease Control.
Once the demand for the vaccine goes down, the department will begin giving the vaccine to people not in priority groups.
Britton says she feels the rush is over and that the department responded well to the community.
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(A line formed November 7th outside the Knox County Health Department during one of several H1N1 vaccine clinics held that day around the county. Story by Dominic Fortini. WGIL News File Photo by Mike Perry.)
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