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Wake opens week-long H1N1 clinics

Posted December 7, 2009

— Wake County will hold H1N1 immunization clinics for at-risk groups every day this week, and if demand doesn't pick up, the county could soon open the clinics to the general public.

h1n1 Wake starts up H1N1 clinics again

County health leaders said that the supply of the vaccine is becoming more steady, so they can schedule clinics farther in advance.

“For the last two months, we have opened H1N1 vaccination clinics when we received shipments of vaccine,” County Health Director Sue Lynn Ledford said. “The shipments are coming in more regularly now, and we feel comfortable scheduling H1N1 vaccination clinics several days ahead of time."

For now, the vaccines will only be given to those in priority groups: pregnant women, children between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, anyone caring for an infant younger than 6 months, and emergency and health care workers.

Ledford especially urged people to bring their children to the clinics.

"We do have plenty of FluMist," she said. "That's an easy administration for children, and if they have no other health conditions, it's an excellent vaccine for the children," she said.

Later this week, county health leaders said, they could make a decision about opening up the immunization clinics to the public. It depends on how much of the vaccine is used this week and how much the county can expect to receive in the near future.

"We, obviously, don't want vaccine sitting around. We want vaccine in people," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Megan Davies.

County health leaders urged people who aren't in the high-risk groups to also check with their doctors and pharmacies for the vaccine.

Clinic locations

The clinics will be held 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Public Health Center – G35
10 Sunnybrook Road

Southern Regional Center
130 N. Judd Parkway

Wake Forest
Northern Regional Center
350 E. Holding Ave.

Eastern Regional Center
1002 Dogwood Drive


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  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 7, 2009

    "Breaking News: Beginning Tuesday, anyone over 6 months old can receive an H1N1 vaccination in Wake County, officials said."

    You can bet your life savings you won't find me in line ANYWHERE to get an H1N1 shot. I'm fine letting everyone else weed out this flu. I'll weed it out the old fashioned way. If I get the flu, I'll deal with it and be done with it.

  • csplantlover Dec 7, 2009

    I am SO tired of hearing about this H1N1 thing. I will be glad when people stop obsessing about this and move on to something else!

  • nickholt99 Dec 7, 2009

    You can get your H1N1 shot at HealthFIRST Pharmacy in Wake Forest if you meet the guidelines for the priority groups. They received 100 shots last week. No appointment necessary.

  • time4real Dec 7, 2009

    didn't want to post my secret source info golo?

  • bubbba Dec 7, 2009

    I got shot Friday from secret source. No problems at all. It didn't even make my arm sore. I just feel like rolling around in the mud for some reason and snorting alot.

  • iamyeary Dec 7, 2009

    The clinic should be open to anyone who wants it. There may be those who do not know they are at risk for complications from H1N1 UNTIL they actually get the virus. If it goes to waste, that would be defeating the entire purpose, to slow the spread. They say this flu strain will be around for years, so why not get vaccinated? I will.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Dec 7, 2009

    If people don't want it, I'll gladly take a shot.

  • VanC Dec 7, 2009

    I got my three kids vaccinated for H1N1 and regular free. Of course. I don't understand all this alarm about how it was made. It was made just like all the other flu vaccines were made. If they had known enough about the H1N1 when the made the regular vaccine, they would have just made it part of that...but they didn't. They had to finish making the other first. I don't understand what all the hoopla is about. It is a flu vaccine, like any other vacccine. If you want to protect your kids, you get it. Is there very small risk in taking ANY drug? Yes, but to me, the risk of flu and other diseases is higher. I am going with the CDC.

  • shoppingqueen Dec 7, 2009

    MomOfTwins - Just curious did vaccinate your kids? I did but I was very torn over the decision. I talked with my sister-in-law who is the head of ER and she suggested I get my kids (4 & 8) the shots. She was getting her 18 months vaccinated.

  • MomOfTwins Dec 7, 2009

    seems mostly over?? Flu season continues through April!