Limited amount of H1N1 vaccines available to public

Limited amount of H1N1 vaccines available to public

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some of the people who are most at risk for the H1N1 virus can now get vaccinations in Mecklenburg County.

Right now, only 1,000 doses are available.

The vaccines will be given to pregnant women, young children and people with ongoing health problems.

The latest check of local hospitals shows 10 percent of people coming to emergency rooms who aren't feeling well have flu-like symptoms.

"The typical person presenting was a young adult. That's the group that seems to be getting hit pretty hard right now -- children in the school system and young adults," said Dr. Wynn Mabry with the Mecklenburg County Health Department. "Very much different from the seasonal influenza, which tends to hit the more senior part of our population."

Mabry says once the health department gets a bigger supply of the H1N1 vaccine, they will begin vaccinating children at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

For more information from the health department, click here.

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