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Dec 5, 2009 10:37 PM by Monica Quintero and Bethany Tucker

H1N1 vaccine clinic held in Santa Maria

People lined up to get their dose of the H1N1 vaccine at a clinic in Santa Maria on Saturday. It's the second clinic since the Santa Barbara County Health Department announced additional groups are now eligible for the vaccine. All county residents younger than 24 are now eligible as well as pregnant women, caretakers of young infants and health care workers of any age. Health officials hope everyone will be eligible for the vaccine soon. Rose Davis, Santa Barbara County Health Department, said, "We're hoping in the next couple of weeks to get enough vaccine to expand the categories and get everybody." In Santa Barbara County, five people have died as a result of swine flu. Another 54 people have been hospitalized with the virus. This wasn't your last chance to get the vaccine. A clinic is set for Monday at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. There's another in Lompoc on Thursday at the Methodist Church on North R Street. Next Saturday, there's one scheduled at the Carpinteria fire station.

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