Clinic out of vaccine within a few hours; more to come soon

A clinic offering H1N1 vaccines at the Mesa County Health Department ran out of doses after only a couple hours Wednesday. The clinic was for pregnant women and children with chronic medical conditions.

The Health Department received 1,500 doses of the vaccine Tuesday, and 500 doses were given to area hospitals while an undisclosed number of the remaining 1,000 doses were given to area health-care professionals to distribute.

A long line of people showed up for the Health Department’s vaccination clinic, and its doses were distributed within two and a half hours Wednesday, department spokeswoman Kristy Emerson said.

The Health Department is expected to get an additional shipment of H1N1 doses next week.

Wednesday’s clinic was for pregnant women, children between the ages of 6 months to four years, and children between the ages of 5 and 18 with chronic health conditions such as asthma or heart problems.

The Health Department may still have some doses of flu mist vaccines, but it does not have any injectable flu vaccines, Emerson said.


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