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Archive for Friday, October 23, 2009

Douglas County Health Department cancels swine flu innoculations because of low supply

Only one clinic will be held next week

Low quantities of swine flu vaccine caused two of the scheduled clinics to be canceled. The next flu clinic will take place Wednesday.

October 23, 2009

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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.

Have H1N1 questions?

Dan Partridge, director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, will answer questions about the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

The chat will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at LJWorld.com. Questions can be submitted early at LJWorld.com/chats.

Partridge can talk about the virus, the vaccination for it, and the community immunization clinics.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has canceled its Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 swine flu vaccination clinics at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Lisa Horn, health department spokeswoman, said the decision was made based on future projections of vaccine availability.

Enough vaccine is expected to be available for just one clinic next week.

Douglas County residents who fall into the following condensed vaccine priority groups can attend the clinic from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building 21, 2120 Harper St.:

• All people ages 6 months to 18 years.

• Care providers and household members of children younger than age 6 months.

• Pregnant women.

• Health care and emergency services personnel who have direct patient contact.

In order to ensure the public is seen by 6 p.m., Director Dan Partridge encourages attendees to arrive by 5 p.m.

More clinics are planned, but these, too, are subject to change and may be rescheduled.

Both the nasal mist and injectable vaccines will be available at the Oct. 28 clinic. As part of the national H1N1 vaccine program, vaccine will be provided at no charge.

People attending the clinic can visit www.ldchealth.org to download a consent form that may be filled out ahead of time and brought to the clinic.

Comments

Sigmund 5 years, 2 months ago

Apparently there is also a shortage of "e"'s.

hujiko 5 years, 2 months ago

And so begins the rush of people to get their precious vaccine before it all runs out.

orlysud 5 years, 2 months ago

Not only is there a shortage of the H1N1 vaccination, but there's also an absence of the regular flu vaccinations at our Health Department in Lawrence. According to the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department, I was informed in person today that they don't know when they'll receive their next shippment of the regular flu vaccination, and to just keep checking back. They've been out for 2 weeks now. We need more organization considering the importance of the regular flu vaccine. Oh well, what can we do but be at their mercy.

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 2 months ago

It's Bush's fault I imagine, everything else has been blamed on him for the last eight years so let's blame him for this too.

Boeing 5 years, 2 months ago

Curious to see if any of this comes around to kick Kathy S in the behind.

jungle 5 years, 2 months ago

Well this is just great..what about those of us who went to Haskell this week BEFORE six and were turned away ??? Douglas County Health Dept. needs to get their act together. I wonder if they will wear gloves this time around ? And have those rude bouncers at the doors again ? Here's a hint for them ONE LINE FOR KIDS, ONE LINE FOR ADULTS WITH NO KIDS.

FreshAirFanatic 5 years, 2 months ago

Anyone like to take wagers on tempers flaring, arguments and police involvement now happening on the 28th?

First the gov't creates fear, then it convinces everyone that it will be OK and they can keep us safe, then they don't come through.

What else are the sheep supposed to do?

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 2 months ago

Some other parts of the state have also had no seasonal vaccines for weeks, OR H1N1. So Lawrence is probably ahead of the curve, not behind.

Stop the whining. The supplies will catch up.

middlemgmt 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm glad I took my kids to the Clinic last week. The two hour wait in the rain was worth it. The clinic on the 28th is sure to be much worse now that we know they are short of supply.

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