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Wake County expects 10,000 H1N1 shots

Posted November 4, 2009

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— Wake County health officials expect to distribute 10,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine by the end of the month. Officials said the doses will be sent to clinics, doctors and pharmacies.

One of the areas that has seen large shipments of the vaccine in recent weeks is North Carolina State University. The university offered a clinic on Wednesday to distribute several thousand doses to students, faculty and staff.

The Durham County Public Health Department held a vaccination cl Triangle clinics offer H1N1 shots

“We’ve received more vaccine than probably anyone in Wake County, part of that is because of our population. With 33,000 students, about 25,000 of those qualify as 24 and under, which is a priority group,” Student Health Center Director Jerry Barker said.

Priority groups to receive the H1N1 vaccine are:

  • pregnant women
  • caregivers and people who live or work with children under 6 months old
  • health care and emergency medical services personnel
  • people 6 months to 24 years of age
  • persons 25 to 64 years who have health conditions associated with a high risk of medical complications from the flu

If the university has any extra vaccine, they plan to donate it back to Wake County.

Durham, Orange counties offer clinics

The Durham County Public Health Department held a vaccination clinic Wednesday for children to get protection from the H1N1 flu.

A limited number of Thimerosal-free injections were available for free starting at 1 p.m. at 414 E. Main St.

Shots are limited to children between the ages of 6 and 36 months. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Julia Hamberger and her daughter traveled from Holly Springs to get the vaccine in Durham.

"I wasn't able to find it there. Even our doctor's office said that we would need to look elsewhere and so I just looked around and happened to find this today," Hamberger said.

Michelle Schalliol got her 2-year-old child vaccinated, but not her 4-year-old because he was too old. She said she planned to get her 4-year-old vaccinated somewhere else.

The Orange County Health Department has received more than 400 doses of the H1N1 vaccine. The doses will be administered through appointment-only.

Cumberland County to hold clinic next week

The Cumberland County Public Health Department will host vaccination clinics Nov. 12, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at 227 Fountainhead Lane.

The county is targeting pregnant women, people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, people who live with children under 6 months old and those with underlying medical conditions.

The vaccine will be available free on a first-come, first-served basis.


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  • TomLynda Nov 5, 2009


    The report does not say that all born before 1957 have immunity. The ones that do are the ones that were exposed to the H1N1 strain and those that came down with it. Just like now, not everybody by a long shot, were exposed or came down with it. Those over 65 with underlying health conditions can get the shot (if they can find it). I'm 68, with Emphysema, and still haven't had it. (H1N1 shot) Not available.

  • DangYankee Nov 5, 2009

    About 5 years ago (?) when there was a shortage of flu vaccine, I waited at a Kroger clinic for about 3 hours. I had to sign an affidavit that I was in the one of the high risk groups (I have asthma) that could get the shot. Of course, anyone can falsify an affidavit and say "Oops!" afterward. Why aren't they checking for this this time? From an article I read a few days ago, those who are able to go to the free clinics just show up and get it, including those on public assistance or even those who are illegally in the country.

    Just doesn't seem right.

  • time4real Nov 4, 2009

    "The only problem with that is that parents these days are by and large ignorant and lazy and in many cases the kid is doing exactly what dear ole mom and dad are doing"

    isn't that the truth. and parents like those should have their kids taken away! forever!!

  • wingnut88 Nov 4, 2009

    We are 53 and 55 healthy and guess what a nurse and a teacher. Could not find any shots did get the seasonal shot, wife is not currently employed so no she could not get a shot yet. Sooo, as of today I am on day 5 with H1N1 and she is on day 2 she is nasty sick fever 1015 me the fever broke 36 hours ago. We do not need a shot now. Yea... But gang its uncomfortable. We run eat healthy and still caught the virus. Age means little, see the JAMA article today.

  • lorivalentine1 Nov 4, 2009

    If more people took the precautions we would all be safer.. Kids will be kids and it is up to the parents to correct the bad/harmful behavior. The only problem with that is that parents these days are by and large ignorant and lazy and in many cases the kid is doing exactly what dear ole mom and dad are doing. Yes that is a huge generalization/observation that clearly does not apply to all people. So please don't go getting your panties in a bunch because it does not apply to you.
    The fact is if people were more conscientious we would all be safer and healthier.

  • teacher56 Nov 4, 2009

    Ladybug: You and your husband are eligible for this shot! Go to your family physician and REMIND him/her about your husband's heart disease and your RA. I have RA, diabetic and now anticipating surgery. I am eligible...just have to wait for my MD to get it. Be sure you get the shot. You don't want the nasal mist as it is a live virus and my MD told me if you have an autoimmune disease, you want the shot.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 4, 2009

    I would not go anywhere near this stuff, nor would I allow any family member near it.

  • time4real Nov 4, 2009

    10,ooo shots in a month. today is the 3rd, end of the month? we'll all be sick by then! and if you live that long you can't take the shot anyway unless you're 2 or a daycare worker! no thanks, i'll drink vodka and ward it off that way.

  • offconstantly Nov 4, 2009

    get ready people, this is viral warfare from the ukraine. ive read where they are shipping vaccines from there over with strands of the virus with no antidotes in them. also ive heard its a mix of the spanish and bird flu, not sure about it though

  • mocena Nov 4, 2009

    Ladybug- It has been shown that people born before 1957 already have some immunity to the H1N1 strain, probably due to being exposed to a since-eradicated strain many years ago. This is why the vaccine is not being recommended for those people. http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2009/10/swine-flu-faqs-who-should-get-the-vaccine.html