Additional vaccine available for Thursday’s H1N1 clinic

By Scott Reynolds - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It is just a fraction of what health department officials hoped to have by now, but some all important medicine arrived in Louisville and so did thousands hoping to get their dose.

Looking at the long line of cars, you might have thought a big sporting event was bringing out the crowd to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. But the outcome meant even more this time during a vaccine clinic to prevent the spread of H1N1. There were 15,000 doses were ready to go for two days of drive up and walk up shots.

"We've had tremendous response from families. Moms, dads, kids - everybody except for little ones upset about getting a vaccination," said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of Metro Health and Wellness.

While the kids may not have liked it, many parents believed a short shot of pain surely beats a long illness later.

"Everybody's getting sick now and for Louisville to have something like this for free … we took the opportunity to come down here and get it done," said Edmund Robinson, one of the thousands of attendees at Wednesday clinic.

At the rate of about 1,000 vaccinations an hour, 12,000 doses were gone by the end of the day. That would have left just 3,000 doses for Thursday's clinic, but the health department will up that to 7,000 doses for day two by bringing doses that were targeted for clinics and doctor's offices.

The supply of vaccine still a big headache for those trying to prevent the spread of H1N1.

"I wish that we had the free flow of vaccine that we had all hoped for," Dr. Troutman said.

The two-day clinic is meant to get the high-risk patients vaccinated and officials say that is what they pretty much all they saw Wednesday. They are hoping for more of the same on Thursday.

Late Wednesday, new numbers were released from federal health leaders that an estimated 4,000 or more Americans have died from H1N1. That is about four times the estimate they have been using. The new number includes deaths caused by related complications.

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