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Small turnout at H1N1 flu mist clinic in Cedar Rapids

by John Wilmer

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- A mass H1N1 flu vaccination clinic was held in Cedar Rapids Friday, but it wasn't the turnout many people were expecting.

Linn County Public Health started out with 1,545 doses of the H1N1 flu mist and only administered 645 doses during the five hour clinic.       

Health officials say they are surprised by the small turnout, but are pleased that several hundred people are now vaccinated.

Some parents like Victoria Fosmo were surprised to find out a clinic this size was taking place, but she's glad she got her children vaccinated.

"All the forms of flu are dangerous, but the deaths are hitting the kids this safe so didn't want to miss this one," said Fosmo.

"We really anticipated that we would have maybe a couple of thousand people turn out and demand this vaccine. We haven't quite had that, it's been a little bit less than what we anticipated," said Curtis Dickson, the Director of Linn County Public Health.

Another mass vaccination for h1n1 will not take place in Linn County until the end of November or beginning of December.

To receive a dose of flu mist you had meet certain requirements. Healthcare workers, children, and those who take of the very young are the priority.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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