Flu Vaccines Dwindling

October 26, 2009 6:12:49 PM PDT
The Fresno County Health Department has run out of its first shipment of the H1N1 vaccines. While they're expecting a new shipment of vaccines sometime within the next two weeks, the seasonal vaccines are also going fast.Dozens of people lined up before the doors ever opened at a Fresno immunization clinic Monday. Fresno mom Leslie Mitts took her two boys to San Joaquin Gardens after their doctor had to turn them away. "This year especially, I'm a little worried so I just want to make sure. We weren't able to get them at our pediatrician, they're all out," said Mitts. Inside the clinic, health workers administered nasal mists and flu shots to protect people against the seasonal flu. The vaccines don't offer any protection from the H1N1 virus.

The Fresno County Health Department has already given out its first 900 doses of the H1N1 vaccine in the form of a nasal mist. They're expecting shots to be included in the next shipment. For now, they're focusing on seasonal flu immunization clinics. "We're probably seeing about twice the number of people in our clinics as we've seen in the past years, so probably finish our supply pretty quick of the seasonal vaccine," said David Luchini with the Fresno County Health Department. Luchini says almost all flu cases now are actually from the H1N1 strain of the virus and the seasonal flu season hasn't even started.

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