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Parents Take Advantage Of Extra H1N1 Vaccines

October 29, 2009, 9:19 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Parents Take Advantage Of Extra H1N1 Vaccines
Several parents rushed their children to the H1N1 flu clinic in Minnehaha County Thursday night after organizers made a last minute cancelation of the invite only policy.

Organizers had only invited a few of the largest day cares in the county to get their H1N1 vaccine because they only had two thousand doses, and didn't know how far they would stretch.

When the last hour of the clinic rolled around they realized they had left over vaccines, and decide to allow any child under four to get the shot. The rush was on as soon as parents in Minnehaha County heard the news.

"It was a little bit of a crunch. I've got supper in the oven at home, but we made it down anyway," parent Amy Sorensen said.

Day care providers and dozens of parents with small children took advantage of the opportunity. They didn't think they would be getting the vaccine any time soon because the clinic had been limited to only the largest day cares earlier in the day, but parents are glad they didn't have to wait. 

"As parents we're concerned. We want her healthy we don't want to be in the hospital," parent Lonnie Simon said. 

"It seems to be everywhere and spreading and I just don't want her to come down and get sick and everyone in her day care to get sick," Sorensen said.

Emergency officials were glad to give out the extras to the parents and children who showed up, because they would have had to send the vaccine back to the state. 

"Rather than sending it back or waiting for another clinic...it was one of those where we all got together and thought this would be a good thing for the community," Jim Sideras of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue said.

And the community responded quickly by bringing their children and protecting them against a virus that is spreading quickly.

"Hope to keep her healthy and have a good winter I hope," Simon said.

The organizers of the clinic say another reason they wanted to open it up after they realized they had extra vaccines is because the clinic was already set up and the volunteers were in place, and they wanted to vaccinate as many people as possible.

Officials won't know exactly how many children and adults they vaccinated until Friday.

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