Long lines for flu shots

November 11, 2009 10:21:11 AM PST
Hundreds lined up in Durham Wednesday to be vaccinated against the swine flu.County health workers were set up in the National Guard Armory off Stadium Drive. They gave out 250 doses in the first hour and expected to go through all they had by day's end.

"We got here pretty early, so we were lucky, so we've been here for just over an hour," said parent Elizabeth Black. "Being off of school helped. They were not very happy about spending their day off waiting in line for a shot."

"I got here about eight just to get in line, get ahead of the crowd," said parent Tom Kosempa

In all, health officials had 2,700 doses to give out.

"I am really glad that the rain did not discourage people," said Director of the Durham Co. Public Health Dept. Gayle Harris.

The health department is targeting high risk groups: pregnant women, kids, teens, young adults, and people with medical conditions.

"This was an opportunity for us to vaccinate all of the, to cover all of, the risk groups and school is out," said Harris.

Kosempa brought his 7-year-old daughter Isabelle to get vaccinated. He says he would have made it rain or shine.

"It's been real hard to find and also figure out when you can get your child over there and navigate the crowd and all of that so. When she had a day out of school and we heard about it, it was pretty important for us to get our way down here," he said.

Durham County health officials plan to have clinics every Wednesday for now - but they haven't picked next week's location.

Click here for more information on flu shots and where to get them

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