Visalia H1N1 Clinic Vaccinates about 400 people

October 24, 2009 9:27:40 PM PDT
Hundreds of people in Tulare County waited in line to receive the H1N1 vaccine Saturday. Health officials were surprised with what they said was a low turnout."And when I spray it, I just want you to go like that, that sound good? And when we're all done, you get a lollipop, yeah!!!!!"

With her two-year-old brother looking on, Isabel Boldt was one of the first kids in Tulare County to receive the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine.

"It didn't feel that bad. It's just like how my medicine is when they spray it."

Isabel's mom, Edith, who happens to be a registered nurse, also got vaccinated Saturday.

She seen what the H1N1 virus can do, and says, she doesn't want her kids to be at risk.

"I believe in vaccinations and this is especially one that I don't want to take the small risk of her getting the H1N1 and being one of the kids that gets those severe complications."

Officials say there was a line about a half mile long when the clinic opened. But it's been a pretty seamless process.

Most people have waited about ten minutes and health officials haven't turned anyone away. "it's a little bit fewer than we expected, so we do have more vaccines."

Health officials reduced eligibility requirements for the nasal spray and even stood on street corners to try and lure people in.

The county had 1200 nasal-spray vaccines available, but only administered about 400 of them.

With another shipment of vaccines on the way, they're now planning for more free clinics, and hope people will take advantage of them.

"I feel confident and so does the CDC that this is a safe vaccine and it is effective. This is our best tool to prevent this infection so I really encourage people to get the vaccine."



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