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Thousands get H1N1 vaccine in Durham

Posted November 11, 2009
Updated November 12, 2009

People looking for protection from the H1N1 flu lined up in the rain outside the National Guard Armory in Durham Wednesday.

The Durham County Public Health Department  was offering H1N1 vaccinations for high-risk groups at 801 Stadium Drive until 7 p.m. or until supplies are depleted.

Chris Kromm waited in line to get shots for his two children.

"You know it's hard to find these shots, so when we saw it was coming here we got here ... in time for 10 a.m. So did everybody else," Kromm said.

The crowd in Durham Wednesday is typical for the turnout at recent clinics, where shots have been in high demand.

Durham County planned to distribute 2,700 doses of vaccine to pregnant women and other at-risk groups – those who live with or care for children 6 months or younger, health care workers, people aged 6 months through 24 years, and people with chronic health problems or compromised immune systems.

Through 5 o'clock, more than 2,000 doses had been delivered, Gayle Harris, county health director, said.

Jacob Galbraith, 6, said his wait in the wind and rain was worse than the nasal spray vaccine.

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, children under 10, like Jacob, need a second dose of the vaccine after 30 days.

"Now they've got their first vaccination. Another 30 days, we'll have to go through this again," his father Michael Galbraith said, adding, "Hopefully the line won't be as long."

Harris said she expected another 1,200 doses later in the week. She hopes to be able to hold a clinic every Wednesday.

"We have a clinic set for next week," she said. "We're going to just try to plan as we get the vaccine."

North Carolina Health Director Jeff Engel said the volume of available H1N1 vaccine is increasing, but delivery has been up to 45 days behind schedule.

The state orders the H1N1 vaccine each week based on a formula of the population and distributes it to different providers. County health departments and pharmacy chains got a large portion of past H1N1 vaccines, but Engel said they're shifting more toward private primary care providers.

"Because in this time of scarceness, when the H1N1 vaccine is in short supply, we think the best way to target it is in children with underlying disease and pregnant women. And we think the private provider community can do that best," Engel said.

Next shots for shots

The Cumberland County Public Health Department will host vaccination clinics from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at 227 Fountainhead Lane in Fayetteville.

The county is also targeting high-risk groups for the vaccine. It will be available free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wayne County will offer the vaccine to members of high-risk groups Saturday at 301 N. Herman St. in Goldsboro.

Flu cases on campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has scheduled eight clinics this week to distribute the nasal form of the vaccine.

The university Department of Environment, Health and Safety recommends that vaccine for people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical services personnel and healthy people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old. Those who are pregnant, or who have underlying medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and other chronic illness are advised to wait for an injection and avoid the nasal vaccine.

Those in the target groups can make an appointment for one of eight scheduled clinics from the EHS Web site at http://www.ehs.unc.edu/ueohc/h1n1flushot.shtml.

UNC health services has diagnosed more than 1,200 students with flu-like symptoms since the beginning of the semester in August.

North Carolina State University has seen a similar number of flu cases, according to the Web site of the Student Health Center there.

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  • wattsun Nov 12, 2009

    Connect the Dots Swine Flu is all about Big Profit

    Baxter Files Swine Flu Vaccine Patent a Year Ahead of Outbreak

    Under patent number US 2009/0060950 A1
    Baxter Pharmaceutical company know as Baxter Healthcare Corporation in the USA applied for and received a patent on the Swine Flu Vaccine for H1N1 and many other “swine” “bird” “human” virus diseases to come by the inventors of the swine viral vaccine from Austria.
    Initially they had commenced the patents in 2007 well before the outbreak of the swine flu virus.
    More Irony?
    Baxter employs the following inventors from Austria and they are coincidentally hired as ADVISERS to the World Health Organization Otfried Kistner, of Vienna, Christa Tauer, of Vienna, Noel Barrett Klosterneuburg/Weilding of Vienna and Wolfgang Mundt of Vienna Austria. Kistner is also the person who is implicated in accidentally shipping a live deadly virus to 18 labs in February 2009.

    http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/02/27/8560781.htm

  • wattsun Nov 12, 2009

    Why is WRAL ignoring Numerous stories around the country and globe like this regarding the H1N1 vaccine(killshot)and serious side effcets reported?

    Teen Diagnosed With Guillain-Barre Syndrome After Swine Flu Shot.

    Jordan McFarland, 14, was hospitalized for five days after coming down with Guillain-Barre syndrome hours after receiving a vaccination for H1N1.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33845867/ns/health-cold_and_flu

  • baracus Nov 12, 2009

    I wonder how many doses would have been produced at this point if the feds hadn't ordered them? Any evidence that the private sector would have been producing the vaccine faster or in greater quantity if the feds hadn't ordered it?

  • amyvg113 Nov 12, 2009

    "Oh, but in order to get the shot you have to stand outside in pouring down rain, high winds and cool temps for an hour."

    Ok people, you cannot catch the flu from cold weather. You can't even catch a COLD from cold weather. Flus and colds are passed along through airborne germs. The most you'll get from standing in the rain is wet and uncomfortable.

    After hearing my mother spout off this drivel for most of my life I finally cornered my son's pediatrician about it while my mother was with me. She has finally stopped spreading this misinformation.

  • time4real Nov 11, 2009

    1,000's more who will walk with a limp in 5 years!

  • affirmativediversity Nov 11, 2009

    GT Nupe,

    But all we've heard since the Spring is how this is "A CRISIS"...that "WE MUST HURRY"...that's been the GOVERNMENT'S entire premise for TAKING CONTROL of this flu's immunization distribution.

    Can't have it both ways...either is "A CRISIS" which requires haste or we've all BEEN HAD?

    Oh and multi dose vials are not the contamination danger you are attempting to make them out to be...that kind of scare mongering is pretty sorry, actually.

  • supersalo Nov 11, 2009

    MSN93 said "I am afraid that this is exactly the type of thing we are going to see on a more widespread basis if the current health reform package passes."

    What does the health reform have to do with (supposedly) illegal immigrants getting free health care?

    The reform is for people to be able to BUY insurance at a reasonable cost. There is NOTHING PROPSED to give health care to people for free. C'mon, people. Read.

  • MSN93 Nov 11, 2009

    I have one daughter who is a part time healthcare worker in a hospital in a newborn unit and a college student (she is under age 21) and one who is a caregiver for 2 children under two years of age and neither has been able to get the vaccine. (The two children just finally got theirs today.) And since they both work and/or go to school every day they do not have the time to stand in long lines at the health department with the illegals. Is anyone else getting fed up with this situation?

  • MSN93 Nov 11, 2009

    I'm sorry, but every video, slideshow, and picture I have seen from these flu clinics seems to show long lines of mostly Hispanics, the majority illegal I am willing to bet, getting their free shot while people who actually have insurance/pay for their health care can't get one to save their lives. And most of these people are not in the high priority groups. Why aren't the shots being restricted to the high-risk groups? Why are we immunizing illegals before our own residents? Why are doctor's offices, whose patients have insurance and/or pay for their care, going to be the last to get the vaccine? I am afraid that this is exactly the type of thing we are going to see on a more widespread basis if the current health reform package passes.

  • time4real Nov 11, 2009

    This is Glen Beck and Russ Himhaw's faults!

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