Health Department administers H1N1 vaccine to high risk kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/17/09

Health Department administers H1N1 vaccine to high risk kids

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Dozens of Lubbock children showed up at the Lubbock Health Department on Tuesday to get protection against the H1N1 virus. It wasn't the typical clinic for kids, because this was an effort to reach the youngest age group, who are the most threatened by the virus. 

The vaccines were available to the first 200 children ages six months to five years, and many local parents took advantage of this free opportunity.

Lenny Williams made sure he and his 3-year-old son Kaden were first in line to get the H1N1 vaccine. “I think it’s wonderful, I've been sitting here for two hours,” said Williams.

Williams says he's wanted Kaden to get the shot for a while now. “He's in the highest percentage of risk, I guess you could say, so I just want to take care of him,” said Williams.

And although the shot doesn't come without some tears, a Power Ranger sticker is the best cure - not to mention preventing the Swine Flu.  “We look at the statistics from the H1N1 confirmed illnesses you see that it is in the young population,” said Beckie Brawley with the Lubbock Health Department.

Kaden and other children 6 months to 5 years are in the high risk group, which is why the Lubbock Health Department offered the shots for free. On Tuesday more than 100 kids were given the H1N1 vaccination. 

“Our vaccine allotment, the way the state is sending it, you really don't know realize what you're going to get way ahead of time,” said Brawley. That's why Brawley says future clinics are unknown. 

The Lubbock Health Department tells us there are about 40 to 50 doses left, but they have not decided what they will do with the extra shots. The health department says school age children will have their own clinic as soon as schools receive vaccines, which could be in December.

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