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Mar 19, 2010 1:50 AM by Carina Corral

Surplus of H1N1 shots causes thousand to be tossed


Remember the long lines to get swine flu vaccines?

Health departments, nationwide and locally, are having the opposite problem.

Demand for H1N1 shots has dropped so much, thousands of doses might have to be thrown away.

Health department officials report, nationwide, about 20,000 doses are about to go bad.

They urge folks who have not been vaccinated to do so in the event of another outbreak.

Locally, Santa Barbara County Health has already discarded 1,100 doses.

300 more will expire at the end of March and another 8,000 at the end of April.

Michele Mickiewicz, Deputy Director of Santa Barbara County's Public Health Departmnt, said the hope is to donate them to other countries before they expire.

The San Luis Obispo County Health Department has thrown away about 1,400 doses and has 800 expiring next month.

Anyone over the age of six months can get free vaccinations.

The Santa Barbara County Health Department holds weekly clinics:

Lompoc Health Clinic
301 N. R Street, Door B
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Santa Maria Health Clinic
2115 S. Centerpointe Parkway
Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Fridays 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Fridays 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Santa Barbara
Franklin Public Health Clinic
1136 E. Montecito Street
Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Carpinteria Veteran's Hall
941 Walnut Avenue
Thursdays 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

San Luis Obispo County Health offers them by appointment only at three locations:

Grover Beach Public Health Dept.
286 S. 16th St.
(805)473-7050

San Luis Obispo Public Health Dept.
2191 Johnson Ave
(805)781-5500

Paso Robles Public Health Dept.
723 Walnut Dr.
(805)237-3050

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