Dec 15, 2009 11:02 PM by Stacy Daniel
Free and open to the public. The San Luis Obispo County Health Department is offering swine flu vaccinations to anyone who wants one. Until now, the department says there wasn't enough of the vaccine to go around. Only people who were considered at high risk of catching the virus were given the vaccine. Michelle Shoresman is an employee with the San Luis Obispo County Health Department, she says,"Now and probably in the coming weeks we expect to have higher levels of vaccine available so we we're able to open it up to the general public." San Luis Obispo County resident, Jack Frost, plans on staying well this winter. He says, "It doesn't hurt. It's just a little ole tiny needle," says Frost. He says he got the shot to protect himself as well as others." Frost adds, "I work in a room with about 30 other people so, you know, anything that goes around ends up getting all of us." Regular flu season usually spikes between December and January. Health officials say there's still plenty of time to protect yourself.
Shoresman says, "The flu in general has hit earlier this season than normal because of the H1N1 virus. So, it's possible there could be another wave of H1N1 that comes later in the season or that seasonal flu might reappear in the normal months that it would normally appear." That's why healthcare workers say it's still a good idea to get vaccinated for both H1N1 and the seasonal flu.
Healthcare workers estimate about 2,300 people came out to be vaccinated. The health department plans to evaluate the demand for more vaccine after Wednesday's clinic. If it's needed, more swine flu vaccination clinics will be held.
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