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H1N1 vaccine arrives

Health department workers go over plans for 1st clinic

October 20, 2009


Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

The first shipment of swine flu vaccines arrived Monday at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

Charlotte Marthaler, director of policy and planning, said the department received 1,900 doses of both nasal spray and injectable vaccines. It expects to receive another shipment of 2,400 doses before its first H1N1 community immunization clinic Wednesday.

Lisa Horn, spokeswoman for the health department, said the first clinic will be open to any Douglas County resident who fits into the priority group.

Those in the priority group are: pregnant women, people between 6 months and 24 years old, people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months, health care and emergency services personnel, and people ages 25 through 64 who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications.

“Please be patient because the groups that are in the priority groups are there for a reason,” Horn said. “These are the people that the studies have shown to be the most at risk for getting serious complications from H1N1, so we want to reserve these initial doses for those people that could be impacted most,” Horn said.

She said the health department doesn’t expect a shortage of H1N1 vaccine. It has just been slower to arrive than expected. At beginning of October, the department had hoped to have received 8,000 doses by now.

“It’s roughly half of what we hoped it would be,” said director Dan Partridge. But he said the department anticipates the shipments will increase in the coming weeks.

The department will provide the vaccine at no cost.

What to expect

The first immunization clinic will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Haskell Indian Nations University’s Coffin Sports Complex, 155 Indian Ave. There will be a five-step process that individuals go through to get the vaccine:

• First, health department officials and volunteers will try to make sure individuals qualify to be in the priority group by asking questions and providing information as they arrive or wait in line.

• Second, people need to fill out a consent form. To speed up the process, individuals can download and print the consent forms from the health department’s Web site at If individuals bring a consent form, they can skip this step.

• At a third station, workers will review the consent forms to make sure they are filled out completely, correctly and are legible.

• Then people will move to another station where health professionals will review the information to determine which vaccine to administer. The nasal spray has been approved for only people between the ages of 2 and 49 and are healthy.

• Last, individuals will be escorted to one of five stations to receive a vaccine.

About 50 people will be assisting with the clinic.

“We are available to answer whatever kinds of questions people might have about the vaccine or about any kind of side effects,” Marthaler said.

She said the health department’s administrative offices will be closed Wednesday because staff members would be helping with the H1N1 immunization clinic. Also, the health department’s clinic at 200 Maine St. will be open only for those who have made prior appointments.

The health department also will be keeping track of every individual who receives a vaccination and reporting it to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Partridge said the department expects to receive $500,000 in federal funding through July for its efforts in dealing with the swine flu. The funding will help pay for staffing and supplies.

Other clinics

So far, the department’s three other H1N1 immunization clinics are still scheduled. They are at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.:

• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

• 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31.

Kansas University also has scheduled swine flu immunization clinics for students, staff, faculty and retirees. They will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday from Nov. 6 through Dec. 4, except Thanksgiving Day weekend.

The immunization clinics will move around. Here’s the schedule: Nov. 6, Mrs. E’s cafeteria in Lewis Hall; Nov. 13, Kansas Union ballroom; Nov. 20, Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center; and Dec. 4, Kansas Union ballroom.

Marthaler said she is working with about 25 health care providers who are interested in providing the H1N1 vaccine. So far, 13 have been approved to do so, including nine clinics and three pharmacies. She said one doctor will be providing the vaccine for his or her staff.

Partridge said planning has been tough because they have no idea how many people want the vaccination and they are unsure how much vaccine they will be getting from week to week.

“It’s a pretty fragile system yet,” he said.


supernik 8 years, 7 months ago

there is no mention of cost, how much will this cost? is it covered by insurance? they left out a couple of important details i think...

Janis Pool 8 years, 7 months ago


Do you eat out? if a food service worker with a compromised immune system is denied the flu shot because of their citizenship, will you suffer?

Yes, I think non citizens should pay more than citizens. That is a fair balance. And yes, I would like them to apply for citizenship. Maybe, their place in line can be saved if they show application papers-will that suit you?.

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 7 months ago


It is a federal program and there is no cost to receive it.

Karrey Britt 8 years, 7 months ago

You might have missed it in the story, but it says the department will provide the vaccine at no cost. So, it is free. Doctors, clinics and pharmacies may charge an administration fee.

supernik 8 years, 7 months ago

oh ha! must have skipped that part...

Sunlover 8 years, 7 months ago

Let's not be ignorant here, folks. Charging non-citizens more for a vaccine that can help SAVE LIVES is pathetic. The more folks we vaccinate, the better off our entire poplulation is. Several counties have the vaccine already. If you don't allow the non-citizens the vaccine, they are further infecting children who have yet to receive the vaccine.

ralphralph 8 years, 7 months ago

My family has already gone through the H1N1 virus, with the worst hit (otherwise very healthy 15-yr old daughter) still laid up in recovery. The same is true of many schools in our area. The arrival of the vaccine is a too late in our county to do any good. Is it fair to consider this a look ahead at Govt-run health care?

gr 8 years, 7 months ago

"Second, people need to fill out a consent form. "

There seems to be an emphasis on the consent form. What are you consenting to? Better consider all the questions it asks and read the vaccine information statement. Who is responsible if and when something goes wrong? Well, the one who signed the form, of course! Interesting that the signer is giving consent to have the person named vaccinated. Just anyone you choose? But, "consent"? No responsibility? Or is it consent to the information to be used - for "assessment and reporting"?

"The health department also will be keeping track of every individual who receives a vaccination and reporting it to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment."

With all this reporting going on, we should well expect clear reporting when someone gets the flu as to whether they have had the flu shot, right? Why do I think it won't be reported?

Who stands to profit from this flu swindle? "Partridge said the department expects to receive $500,000 in federal funding " Not the taxpayers. And who else will profit?

KansasPerson 8 years, 7 months ago

You always have to sign a consent form when you get ANY flu shot. Not just H1N1. That's nothing new.

Sunlover 8 years, 7 months ago

KansasPerson is right - all vaccinations require a consent form. The consent primarily asks questions regarding your health, to ensure you are not given something that can harm you (for example, allergy to eggs).

RalphRalph - yes, this is a very good indication of what govt-run healthcare would look like. Be scared. Be very scared.

gr - the reporting will give indications of trends involving age, sex, etc.

geekin_topekan 8 years, 7 months ago

40yrresident:"Will we taxpayers be paying for non-citizens to receive this vaccine?" +++ Probably the other way around 40yr. Their taxes cover your but t. I'd imagine that illegals have paid (collectively ofcourse,maybe not) one hundred fold what you pay.Enjoy your vaccination.Paid for in part by illegals everywhere.

geekin_topekan 8 years, 7 months ago

Res is trying to pull out the Us vs. Them card and I dont think that he realizes that it isnt tsimple anymore. Maybe backj when he was wee but but that was then and this is now. Instead of stressing out over what "ought to be" we should deal with what "is right now". It is so common these days to pretend that everyone is completely segregated from each other and only good citizens are serving other good citizens. In fact each and every one of us is impacted daily by an illegal alien whether we like it or not. Food service in every capacity employs illegals and therefore, I would prefer that they not spread swine flu to my food.Since they are the primary handlers of my food in many cases,give them a vaccine for cryingout loud, As far a taxes go, I have no idea how much res pays but I do know that illegal or not, we all pay taxes and if you place the amount of the illegals contribution to society next to res's contribution, his would be chicken scratch. So,if you want to pay the us/them game,you are already way behind.both in $$ and in sense. Hey!!I just made a play on words...check me out!!

MeAndFannieLou 8 years, 7 months ago

Even if your parents brought you here as a small child, if you're not a legalized citizen, we want you to suffer and die.

  • the GOP

Tex 8 years, 7 months ago

"KansasPerson is right - all vaccinations require a consent form. The consent primarily asks questions regarding your health, to ensure you are not given something that can harm you (for example, allergy to eggs)."

I got a seasonal flu jab and signed nothing.

reversehecht 8 years, 7 months ago

I have been through the Type A/H1N1 flu and I am tired of being treated like I still have it. I have been cleared by doctors and follow the proper precautions even though I have been cleared, but still get kicked out of work. I know, off the subject, but had to get it off my chest.

Sunlover 8 years, 7 months ago

Geekin - I'm with ya now...and I totally agree.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

here in salina they sent consent forms to parents of children enrolled in USD 305 (myself included) so kids could be vaccinnated at school! the jury is still out on that one... not sure i am going w/ that flow.

Karrey Britt 8 years, 7 months ago

In regards to the $500,00 in funding, there are a lot of expenses when it comes to planning for and implementing the swine flu clinics. The supplies include renting a truck to get everything to the clinic, additional coolers and computer software. Another example is that they will be reimbursing health professionals for time spent at the clinics.

red6102003 8 years, 7 months ago

Has anyone read what is in the vaccine I was going to have me and my whole family get it until did a little research. And I am not talking just mercury but there is formaldehyde Although the short-term health effects of formaldehyde exposure are well known, less is known about its potential long-term health effects. In 1980, laboratory studies showed that exposure to formaldehyde could cause nasal cancer in rats. This finding raised the question of whether formaldehyde exposure could also cause cancer in humans. In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen under conditions of unusually high or prolonged exposure (1). Since that time, some studies of industrial workers have suggested that formaldehyde exposure is associated with nasal sinus cancer and nasopharyngeal cancer, and possibly with leukemia. In 1995, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that formaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen. In June 2004, after evaluating all existing data, the IARC reclassified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen (2) Additionally it also has Anti-Freeze in the vaccine When ethylene glycol breaks down in the body, it forms chemicals that crystallize, and the crystals can collect in your kidneys and affect kidney function.

Ethylene glycol also forms acidic chemicals in the body, which can change the body’s acid/base balance and affect your nervous system, lungs, and heart. What are they trying to do to us yeah short term affects may not be so bad but who knows what long term effects these poisons are going to pose to the public

thelonious 8 years, 7 months ago

I've received the seasonal flu vaccine for the past 17 years with no problems, and it has kept me flu-free for 16 of those years (notable exception 2 years ago).

The H1N1 vaccine is exactly the same except for the different virus, and the seasonal shots use a different virus almost every year as well. So I don't get what all of the fear over the H1N1 vaccine is about.

At any rate, I have asthma and really need the shot, so go ahead and work yourselves up with fear and stay home so that I can get my shot, and to those of you who reject the vaccine and get sick, I hope that you do recover, because any flu, H1N1 or seasonal, is nasty stuff - a day or two of 102 or 103 fever, cough, chills, general malaise, and a week or two for your lungs to recover, and that is for the lucky ones who do not get pneumonia.

wibn2013 8 years, 7 months ago

Is it possible that the professionals who created this vaccine went to school for many years before they became certified? Is it possible that during this schooling they were taught of old cases and potential harms of chemicals that can be used in pharmaceuticals? Is it possible that these so called "doctors" know more about their profession than what we can attain from perusing some Wikipedia articles?

And yes, consent should always be given by the recipient of any vaccination. You have to agree to be stabbed with a needle containing drugs before it happens. Otherwise, it's illegal...and not nice.

gr 8 years, 7 months ago

"I've received the seasonal flu vaccine for the past 17 years with no problems, and it has kept me flu-free for 16 of those years (notable exception 2 years ago)."

What does that mean?

Are you trying to say that they have "guessed" right on the seasonal flu 16 out of 17 years which is contrary to what most sources say? How do you know they guessed wrong that one year? Why did it not work that one year? How do you know they guessed right the other years and you just didn't get it like I've never got it for longer than that and I have abstained from allowing them to inject flu poison into me.

"At any rate, I have asthma and really need the shot" Is that a reasonable conclusion? Is it only reasonable if you make the assumption that vaccines (flu specifically) work? Do / have any vaccines ever worked? Before you go off about Polio, better find out what the rates were before and after vaccinations came into being and why did they change the determining symptoms and the length of them.

wibn2013, is it possible the students were fed lies intentionally or ignorantly? Is it possible that incorrect things are promoted and repeated without ever considering the facts or if there are any? Is there the slightest possibility that Edward Jenner was a fraud or at least a bumbling experimenter? Search for "mere childish adulation".

"But he intends to get it when available to the general population.”" I read that there were or were implied some other vague qualifications before he would get it. Smart president. Especially when he realizes no one will be held liable for anything that goes wrong.

gr 8 years, 7 months ago

"And yes, consent should always be given by the recipient of any vaccination."

Think there's any chance that a doctor would sign a form saying he's researched the risk-benefit ratio of the vaccine, looked at all the evidence, and can ensure the vaccine is safe and effective for you specifically?

Would that be too much to expect?

medworld 8 years, 7 months ago

The health department is spending money needlessly. They are running vaccination clinics out of places not set up for it which makes it uncomfortable and expensive. The medical community of Lawrence stepped up to the plate as usual and volunteered (almost every practice) to provide vaccination clinics for residents. These are offices already staffed, with private rooms for vaccination and the organization to do this without needing anything more than the vaccine from the health department. Is it really in the best interest of the high-risk group ie pregnant women and families with small children or people with health conditions to be waiting outside in the rain for a vaccine when 13 private offices are ready and willing to do so? Doesn't it make sense to spread the 4000 doses around to 13 different sites in different parts of the city to avoid the big long lines? And yes, this is definitely a very real picture of what government run healthcare will look like.

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