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Published November 13, 2009, 03:45 PM

No rush to get vaccine in Wilkin County

(WDAY TV) - There are dwindling numbers of cases of H1N1, but doctors say it's not time to let our guard down. Health experts say cases of swine flu in our area leveled off slightly, but historically, pandemics like H1N1 come in waves.

By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - There are dwindling numbers of cases of H1N1, but doctors say it's not time to let our guard down. Health experts say cases of swine flu in our area leveled off slightly, but historically, pandemics like H1N1 come in waves.

The second wave is tapering off, but a third one's expected in early to mid-winter. Fargo Cass Public Health officials say the best protection is vaccination.

“It's nice to have things let off a little bit but we still need to keep up the vigilance and prevent it spreading.”

The next vaccination clinic is tomorrow at Fargo North High School from 9 am to 1 pm. It's open to anyone 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women and caregivers of infants less than 6 months of age.

A reminder that those 9 years old and younger should get a second dose of the vaccine 28 days after the first. The first dose does not provide enough immunity by itself. There were just 50 doses of H1-N1 available for people in Wilkin County today, but that small number did not have people rushing to the flu shot clinic.

It's a different looking scene for this H1-N1 flu shot clinic. No long lines or wait time, actually health officials don't know if they'll even give out all of the vaccines.

Officials say because it took a long time for Wilkin County to get vaccines, a lot of people in the area just went to Wahpeton during their clinics.

Officials from Wahpeton say nearly half the population at their first clinic was from Wilkin County. People who could get the vaccine were pregnant women, children 6 months to 9 years old and 10 to 18 year olds with a chronic medical condition.

“We meet with our partners every week and know who has doses and so we already knew that a lot of our clients had been served.”

Wilkin county public health will hold another clinic early next week targeting school students. There will be 120 vaccines available plus anything left over from today. Just 22 shots were given in Wilkin County today.

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