H1N1 vaccines in short supply

October 29, 2009 8:24:56 PM PDT
The H1N1 flu vaccine is still in high demand, but the first round of shipments has left several clinics with a low supply or none at all. In fact, Wake County health officials say they don't know when they will receive their next shipment.

More vaccines are headed to the Triangle, but it won't be available to the general public.

Triangle-area universities are gearing up for a rush of students in need of the vaccine.

Students on NC State's campus will be able to get swine flu vaccinations starting Friday.

However, there won't be enough of the vaccine at the student health center for all 31,000 students.

Jerry Barker with NCSU Student Health says the students who show up should expect a long wait. He also says campus leaders are a little anxious about how many students will show up.

College students age 24 and younger are in the high risk group, along with pregnant women, healthcare workers and people caring for infants.

The hit or miss vaccine shipments are expected to level out sometime in November or December.

Until then, parents and people in the priority group are encouraged to contact their doctor's office for the vaccine.

Officials say the chances of getting vaccinated there may be better than a crowded clinic.

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