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Nov 16, 2009 10:17 PM by Stacy Daniel

Swine Flu vaccine hard to come by in San Luis Obispo County

As fears over swine flu continue to spread, so do concerns about where to get a vaccine.
Many people in San Luis Obispo county say, they've searched everywhere but have had no luck finding it.
Meantime, in Santa Barbara county, more than 5,000 people have received vaccinations.
There, nearly half a dozen flu shots clinics have been held and even more are scheduled.
The goal is to get the vaccine out to everyone who wants one.
How each county is doing that is causing some concern.
Faced with a long wait ahead of them, people in Santa Barbara county stand in line to receive a hard to come by swine flu vaccine.
The heath department here has been holding mass vaccinations for the last several days and more are to come.
However, in San Luis Obispo county not one mass flu vaccination clinic has been offered.
Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Michelle Shoresman says," When we do have vaccine in our clinics we're making appointments in our clinics for people to come in, make an appointment and not wait in line in a mass clinic type setting."
It's not that San Luis Obispo county is without the vaccine, officials here are just distributing it differently than they are in Santa Barbara county.
Clinics in San Luis Obispo county are being held at schools, for school aged children.
This week about 6,200 kids will be vaccinated.
Shoresman says," Last week we vaccinated about 1,200 students at 9 school sites and we did about 2 clinics a day last week and we're hoping to do about 5 clinics a day this week."
It's an aggressive effort for what's turning out to be a very aggressive virus.
Just today, 6,700 doses of the swine flu vaccine were shipped to San Luis Obispo county.
The health department is in the process of deciding how they will be handed out.


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