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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Scheduled Tuesday H1N1 Flu Clinic Canceled

UPDATE A scheduled H1N1 flu clinic at the Westport Weston Health District on Tuesday has been canceled because of a shortage of the vaccine,  Mark A. R. Cooper, director of health, said today.WestportNow.com Image
Lexi Eudowe, 3, of Westport started to get a bit apprehensive as the flu vaccination line moved forward at the Westport Weston Health District on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

He said an “overwhelming turnout” by the public at the District’s Wednesday H1N1 flu clinic prompted the action.

The District went through more than 500 doses of the vaccine during the scheduled three-hour clinic that had to be extended 90 minutes because of the turnout, officials said.

The State of Connecticut has advised the District not to expect additional supplies for next 10 days, Cooper said.

The WWHD will continue to provide updates and recommendations as it monitors the availability of H1N1 flu vaccine and encourages the public to visit the Health District’s Web page at www.WWHD.org for current information about the availability of vaccine and clinic scheduling, he said.

Some people began lining up for Wednesday’s scheduled 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. clinic at the Bayberry Lane site as early as 8 a.m., according to District officials.

Because the priority list included children 6 months to 18 years, many young children waited in line for hours, according to participants.

District officials tried to get as many people inside the small building late in the afternoon as it began to get dark and the temperature cooled off.

“We had lines snaking around the offices,” said one employee.

Members of Westport’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps were activated to help control the crowds and traffic.

“You had so many young children there mixed with older children that it became a real problem,” said one mother, who asked not to be identified.

Another, who also requested anonymity,  said she waited all day only to find out that a preservative-free vaccine she wanted for her children was unavailable.

“This was too small a building for this kind of procedure,” she said. “They needed a bigger place and some way in which to separate the older children from younger children.”

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