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Wake County temporarily closes H1N1 vaccine clinics

Posted November 9, 2009

— Wake County officials have temporarily closed the county's H1N1 vaccine clinics due to a depleted supply of the vaccine.

"While the five Wake County H1N1 clinics that opened this morning have run out of vaccine, many physicians and pharmacies in our community do have vaccine available." said Wake County Community Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford.

The closure started at 4 p.m. after the county distributed more than 6,000 doses of the vaccine at five clinics.

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Karen North waited in line two hours to get her sons vaccinated at the Public Health Center, G-35, 10 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh, on Monday.

“I didn’t think it was bad. It’s worth it. I want my kids to be healthy,” North said.

Marcus Melvin brought his young son to get vaccinated as well.

“Well, we saw it on the news this morning and my son has been dealing with asthma for a little bit so we decided to come on out and see if he could get his shot today,” Melvin said.

By mid-morning more than 500 people had been vaccinated.

About 3,900 doses of last week's shipment of the H1N1 vaccine went to private doctors and pharmacies.

Growing Child Pediatrics, 11130 Capital Blvd. in Wake Forest, got about 300 doses – one-third of what they ordered.

"At this point, we are just trying to prioritize and get those patients who would benefit from it the most right now," said Dr. Sharmell Wilson, of Growing Child Pediatrics.

Wilson said their doses were reserved for children under 2 and those with chronic illnesses.

Ledford said anyone who still wants to receive the H1N1 vaccine should call their primary care provider or local pharmacy.

The county anticipates that there will be sufficient supply of H1N1 vaccine over the next few months.

Vaccine distribution in the Triangle

Cumberland, Durham, Franklin and Orange counties are also distributing the H1N1 vaccine.

The Franklin County Health Department will offer the H1N1 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 35 months on Tuesday, at 107 Industrial Drive in Louisburg.

Durham County plans to hold regular clinics on Wednesdays as long as supply is steady. The next clinic will be Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Durham National Guard Armory, 801 Stadium Drive.

The Cumberland County Public Health Department will host vaccination clinics Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m., and Friday, 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.

Orange County is offering the H1N1 vaccine on an appointment basis. To check on availability, call the Flu Line at 919-245-2479 or visit the health department's Web site.

Locations of H1N1 vaccine clinics

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  • streetfightinman Nov 10, 2009

    I'm sure all illegal aliens got there shot as well as the leeches on welfare or maybe the government can pay someone to give the shots at there free taxpayer funded homes or apartments
    and you want government running your healthcare, when security
    from government means more than freedom the end is near.

  • DrJ Nov 10, 2009

    wattsun, I really don't understand what motivates people like you, other than maybe the fear that some develop out of pure ignorance.

    The swine flu CAN be deadly. My wife and I are both medically trained, and we both decided the VERY minimal risk of the limited exposure to the mercury preservative is far outweighed by the potential benefit from the vaccine. We had our entire family vaccinated.

    There is no medication on the market today that doesn't have any potential risks associated with taking it. Tylenol. Advil. Pepto Bismol. Benadryl. Take your pick. They all have risks. You're just flat out wrong if you think there's something special here about the H1N1 vaccine.

  • BluHevn Nov 10, 2009

    How come all these free clinics are getting the vaccine, but pediatric doctor's offices still haven't received one shipment of the vaccine?

  • BULLDOZER Nov 9, 2009

    This is just an appetizer to the full blown gov't run health care folks. Just say no to this garbage.

  • ckblackm Nov 9, 2009

    Please... if you don't want to get the flu shot... then don't. Leaves more for the rest of us. :-)

  • time4real Nov 9, 2009

    don't believe they're out folks and don't take no for answer. You and your family deserve to stand in a 4 hour line and then be told they're out after you stand in that line! join in all the fun evr'body, it's a pork'n good time!

  • alphabaker Nov 9, 2009

    this H1N1 is all hype brought on by the media and drug companies, the flu will be here until the end of time......all media hype....the sky is falling....don't get this shot, just stick with the annual flu shot...that is all you need

  • timothycapwell Nov 9, 2009

    Don't forget...these people voted, in the House of Representatives, to run your ENTIRE health care this same way. They can't even deliver a vaccine on time. You should be scared. Very scared.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 9, 2009

    LOL. This morning they were celebrating an enormous number of vaccines. This afternoon they're closed and out of stock again. ROTFL. That's an awful lot of guinea pigs walking around. And I'm sure more to come soon. Ya'll post on here and tell us the side effects you're feeling. LOL.

  • time4real Nov 9, 2009

    need more?

    "he says he feels ok but has sore throat,.."

    i was told with pigflu you get NO sore throat!

    maybe our ears will fall off too! or not! or they might! or they might not...