Lubbock County H1N1 update - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/09

Lubbock County H1N1 update

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

 LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Health Department says it hasn't seen as big of a turn out to many of their school clinics as expected, so there's a good chance they'll have vaccines left over to hold public clinics.

"We're on a downward trend for H1N1 as far as the reports that we're receiving in the absentees at the school," said Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, Sandy Fortenberry. While the number of cases is decreasing, the City of Lubbock Health Department says it's still important for people, especially kids, to get the vaccine. "They are talking that there could be a third wave of the H1N1 in the spring.  Anything that people can do to protect themselves and their children like getting the vaccine, staying well, washing their hands, and covering their cough are all good things," said Fortenberry. 

This week they Health Department will finish the last of the 1st round of Lubbock County public school clinics. Then, in January they will hold a 2nd round of school clinics for younger students to get another dose. "Children under the age of 10 will have to come back for a second shot," said Lubbock Cooper Independent School District Director of Health Services, Pat Coleman. 

Recently, health officials recalled 150,000 doses of the pediatric vaccine in Texas. The Health Department stresses they think very few, if any, of those doses came to Lubbock.  However, even if they did they are not dangerous, just not as strong as other doses. They say parents should not worry. "They just need to make sure that they their booster second dose because they got a weak dose the first time," said Fortenberry. 

Once the Health Department finishes the 2nd round of school clinics, they'll distribute the rest of their supply to the public. "We are planning to do community based clinics," said Fortenberry. They have not determined when or how many vaccines they'll have for the public yet.

The last Lubbock County school clinic for Lubbock Cooper ISD students only, will last from 4p.m. until 9 p.m. on December 16th, or until supplies run out, at Lubbock Cooper High School. On December 17th they will also administer the vaccine for Lubbock Cooper students from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lubbock Cooper North Elementary School. 

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