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Published October 31, 2009, 02:31 PM

Cass County H1N1 flu shot clinic now closed, all 2,000 doses gone

UPDATED: 1:56 p.m. Fargo Cass Public Health is now all out of its H1N1 flu vaccine doses, both the injectable shots and the FluMist.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

UPDATED: 1:56 p.m.

Fargo Cass Public Health is now all out of its H1N1 flu vaccine doses, both the injectable shots and the FluMist.

County health officials started the day with about 2,000 doses of the vaccine. The injectable vaccine ran out around 11:30 a.m., while the FluMist ran out just before 2 p.m.

The doses were given out as part of Fargo's first public H1N1 flu shot clinic. The clinic, held at Fargo North High School, was intended for children ages 6 months to 9 years old. It was expected to run until 3 p.m.

It was a busy place all morning. Doors opened at 9 a.m., and at that time the line went from the doors of the school back to 17th Avenue North. Less than an hour later, the line had expanded and wrapped east toward Broadway.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., however, the lines started to thin out a bit. There's still a wait, but organizers say things are running smoothly. Still, they're telling people to dress warm and be patient.

Those who made their way through the line early reported spending about an hour waiting outside and an hour waiting inside.

There were 12 stations set up inside, and once there, it only took about 10 to 15 minutes to get done, participants said.

Dorothy Flood of Fargo was one of the people who showed up early and waited roughly two hours to get her 11-month-old daughter, Cecilia, vaccinated. She arrived about 8:35 a.m. this morning.

"It was frustrating to be outside in the cold. It was very cold," Flood said.

Still, she said things moved smoothly once she got inside, and Cecilia didn't even cry when she got her shot.

"Best to be on the safe side," she said.

Today's flu shot clinic originally was intended only for Cass County residents but was later openend up to non-North Dakota residents.

Clay County had its first clinic Thursday evening, and health officials there were surprised after administering only half of their stock of H1N1 FluMist.

Clay County Public Health Director Kathy McKay said the lower turnout than expected could have been due to many factors, including only having the FluMist form available.

FluMist cannot be given to those with underlying health conditions, among other restrictions.

About half of the Cass County's 2,000 doses were the injectable form. Parents were given the choice upon coming in the door as to whether they wanted their children to receive the mist or shot, but healthy children over 2 years old with no underlying health conditions were encouraged to get the mist.

Children will ultimately have to receive two doses of the H1N1 vaccine, 28 days apart, in order for it to be effective. That's one of the reasons today's clinic - the first public clinic in Fargo - was open to young children, health officials said.

Pregnant women should recieve the H1N1 vaccine through their local prenatal provider, and more clinics will be scheduled for the other priority groups when more vaccine arrives.

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