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Thousands Line Up For H1N1 Vaccine

10k doses available to high risk, low-income Dallas County residents



    Thousands Line Up For H1N1 Vaccine
    County health officials say today was the biggest turn out for a single location for vaccines in recent memory, likely trumping clinics held during the measles campaign in the 80s.

    Dallas County Health and Human Services hosted its first mass H1N1 vaccination clinic this morning targeting low income residents and high risk adults and children.
    More than a thousand people were waiting when the doors opened just after 7 a.m. including 14 year old Alys Henly and her mother Evalyn.

    "I have asthma and my daughter's fourteen. It just seemed the right thing to do," says Evalyn. 

    "We just didn't want to be scared of getting sick," says Alys. 

    The county started the day with more than ten thousand vaccines, but in a county with 2.4 million people, that's barely a drop in the bucket. 

    "We'd love to know when we're going to get more, and we'd be able to plan for more clinics like this if we knew exactly how many vaccines we're going to receive in the next couple days, couple weeks and couple months," says Dr. John Carlo, Medical Director, DCHHS. 

    "But we don't know that information right now," says Carlo.

    The clinic will continue tomorrow and Friday as long as the vaccine supply lasts. Be prepared for long lines, and have proof of residency with you.

    People who are not at high risk and who have insurance are asked to wait and get the vaccine from their doctor.