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Medical workers get first H1N1 vaccines

WATERLOO (KWWL) - In Black Hawk County, medical workers took the first of the flu-mist H1N1 vaccinations.  At Covenant Medical Center, those working with high-risk populations, like young children and emergency room patients, lined up to receive one of about 250 of the vaccines.  Pregnant women and people over the age of 50 are being told to wait until the actual shots arrive in the next couple of weeks.

"We have a lot of high risk populations that can't receive the vaccine. We have children six months of age, newborns. We have pregnant women who are susceptible and a lot of other high risk patients so we want to make sure we're not going to be giving the flu to them," said infection control nurse Cindy Bengston.

18,000 doses of the vaccine have arrived across the state.  500 are in Black Hawk County.  250 in the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare System and Covenant Medical Center.  250 in the Iowa Health System and Allen Hospital.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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