Long Line For H1N1 Vaccinations In Riley County

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Manhattan (WIBW) - The line wound up a hill and down the sidewalk, those at the end so far back, they couldn't see the doors of the Riley County Health Agency.

The huge turnout was for an H1N1 vaccination clinic Tuesday evening. About a thousand doses were available to select risk groups, including pregnant women and people ages six months to 24 years.

Memory Buffington says she brought her four children because she wanted to protect them from the virus.

Health Agency Assistant Administrator Suzanne Kufahl says they will continue holding clinics as they get new shipments of the vaccine. She says she's glad to see the demand. She says the vaccine is safe, and recommends everyone get it as they become eligible to receive it.

The Riley County Health Agency is holding its next H1N1 clinic from 5 to 7 pm Wednesday. The following groups are eligible:
*Pregnant women
*Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years
*Persons between the ages of 25 years and 64 years with chronic medical conditions
*Health care and emergency medical services personnel
*Caregivers for, and people who live with, infants under 6 months of age

Shawnee Co., Stormont-Vail Schedule Clincs
Two H1N1 vaccination clinics will be held in Shawnee County Thursday.

The Shawnee County Health Agency will hold its second clinic at the Kansas Expocentre. It will take place from 10 am to 2 pm Thursday, or until their supply runs out.

The following groups are eligible:
*Healthcare workers with direct contact with patients
*Pregnant women
*Children 6 months through 18 years
*Caregivers of children 6 months and younger

Also Thursday, Stormont-Vail HealthCare will make H1N1 vaccine available for Cotton-O'Neil and PediatricCare patients only. Their clinic will run from 9 am to 4 pm at Cotton-O'Neil Heart Center, 929 SW Mulvane.

The following groups are eligible:
*Pregnant women
*Caregivers of children less than 6 months
*Health care workers with direct patient contact
*People ages 6 months to 18 years

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