Record number of people show up for H1N1 vaccine - WKRN News 2

Record number of people show up for H1N1 vaccine


NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Hundreds of parents and their children filled the Lentz Health Center Wednesday, some waiting more than an hour to get the H1N1 vaccine.

The city received thousands of doses earlier in the week.

The school system notified families of the H1N1 clinic at the Metro Department of Health, encouraging them to get vaccinated on Wednesday since school was out and the clinic was open.

They filled the auditorium where the nurses were stationed at tables waiting to deliver the H1N1 FluMist or shot. 

Metro officials estimate that they set records for the number of people who received the vaccine on the day before Thanksgiving.   

So many people showed up that the lines ran down two corridors and, at times, out the front door.

Health officials were ready for the onslaught of people with all available personnel on duty.

34,000 Metro students have permission slips to get their H1N1 vaccinations in the schools.

So far, the Health Department has been to eight of the nearly 140 schools in the city.

Officials say it has gone slower than they hoped because of a shortage of the vaccination.

They say with the thousands received this week, they will be stepping up the visits to schools beginning next week.

They add that having some of the children come to the health department Wednesday for their vaccinations will help them cover more schools in a shorter amount of time.

Due to limited supplies, the Metro health department has been offering the H1N1 flu shot to high-priority individuals only, but it hopes to open the shots to everyone early next week.

The health department said Wednesday it is currently out of the seasonal flu vaccine.

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