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Little clinics face a flood of demand

Major H1N1 vaccine clinics await supply

November 10, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Because no one has enough H1N1 vaccine to hold large-scale clinics, local health officials are quietly trying to reach out to the flu's target populations in small groups.

They expect a similar trickle of supply to continue in the near future.

"Local boards of health should receive more allocations in the next few weeks," said Kerry Clark, Region 2 emergency preparedness coordinator for the state Department of Public Health. He said the state told him half of the next shipment will go to the communities, and he guessed the rest would go to hospitals and similar entities.

"Not knowing how many doses are coming, I can't say what 50 percent means," he admitted, adding it would likely mean "little mini-clinics" would continue.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, "As of Oct. 30, about 26 million doses of vaccine were available for states to order, much less than is needed to vaccinate the total U.S. population."

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