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Clinics seeing young children for double doses of H1N1 vaccine

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Centers for Disease Control recommends young children, six months to nine years, receive two doses of the H1N1 vaccine (either spray or shot). Those should be separated by at least four weeks time, but with such high demand for vaccine in some areas, the two dose guideline can be hard to follow.

Even clinics with increased demand say they follow CDC guidelines for priority, which would keep those needing a double dose in or close to the front of the line.

Crescent Community Health Center has held three H1N1 vaccination clinics, and on Wednesday, they'll have a fourth. That's the first time they'll see patients coming back for shot or spray number two.

"This will be the first time we've recalled since we did our first one October 28th. We're exactly at our one month plus mark so we did send letters out to those people who did receive it one month ago to come back in," Health Educator Brooke Gomez said.

Not every clinic will remind you, so parents must remember to return for a second shot or spray. For patients between the ages of six months to nine years, to fully protect against H1N1, two shots or sprays are needed

"Like any vaccines that you get, if they recommend or require to have four doses of a vaccine, if you only get three, you're not going to be fully protected against," Gomez said.

Because children are in a high priority group, health officials in Dubuque say you shouldn't worry about supplies running out for second dose.

"They've actually been sending us really large quantities so we still have quite a bit. We haven't received any this week, but we did receive some last week, so we're sitting really well with the amount we have," Gomez said.

Crescent Community Health Clinic on Elm Street will have a free walk-in H1N1 vaccination clinic Wednesday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. They have about 500 doses available.

The number of new cases of H1N1 influenza are falling; 11 fewer states are reporting widespread flu activity.. This comes as vaccine production passes 70 million doses in the U.S.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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