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Last scheduled H1N1 clinic in Black Hawk

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WATERLOO (KWWL) –More than 25,000 have been vaccinated in Black Hawk county for the H1N1 influenza. However, the majority of the population is still at risk.

The Black Hawk County Public Health Department held their last scheduled clinic Saturday. More than 300 were vaccinated.

Black Hawk County Health Deparment division manager Bruce Meisinger says that people should still be concerned about the virus because there could still be another wave of illnesses.

Of the at risk groups, children are especially vulnerable.

"Their immune systems have not been fully developed yet and have had minimal exposure to different viral strains... its felt that children up to the age 9-- they need that 2nd booster of vaccine in order to fully trigger the immune response,"  Black Hawk County Health Deparment division manager Bruce Meisinger said.

Nationwide, hundreds of thousands of children are overdue for a second dose of h-1-n-1, and black hawk county is no exception.

No state has had more than half of children with a second dose

The Black Hawk County Health Deparment's goal is to get to all the schools by mid-February.

They urge parents to seek the vaccine from their healthcare provider instead of waiting for another clinic.

ONLINE PRODUCER: Jackie Manternach

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