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First H1N1 Vaccination Clinic in Pine County

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 11:28 am

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Concerned parents in Pine County lined up early Tuesday morning to get their children vaccinated for the H1N1 virus.  The county held its first vaccination clinic at the Public Works Building in Sandstone.  The amount of vaccines were limited, but Pauline Amundson with Pine County Public Health says the turnout was less than expected.

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Amundson says the county received more of the nasal spray form of the vaccine than the injection form.  The Minnesota Department of Health encouraged the county to target children under the age of three and pregnant women for the injection.  Children under the age of ten are recommended to get two doses of the vaccination, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Garrett Estenson of Pine City made sure his two children received the first dose of the vaccination as soon it became available.

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Eight to ten staff members helped at Tuesday’s clinic.  Amundson says there will be future clinics in Pine County, but says no dates are set as of now.

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Estenson says he plans on bringing his children back for the second dose when it becomes available.  He says he is frustrated with how long it takes for vaccine shipments to arrive in Pine County, but says he is pleased with how Tuesday’s clinic was run.

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The vaccines are being paid for by the Federal Government, but Amundson says clinics who administer the H1N1 vaccinations can charge a fee, however, Pine County is not charging a fee.

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