H1N1 Vaccination Clinic Draws Hundreds

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -   The Columbus Health Department gathered their forces today giving out free H1N1 vaccinations to patients hoping to dodge the swine flu.

Carolyn McWilliams was one of nearly a thousand parents who pre-registered her son for an H1N1 vaccine this morning.

She says when it comes to the flu, parents can't be too careful.

"I think it's important for children.  The H1N1 is certainly attacking the younger population and so we as parents have to be vigilant in what we do to protect our children," McWilliams said.

The clinic was intended for children but families were welcome as well.  Pamela Fair, public health information officer, says it was "offered as convenience for parents who may have a difficult time getting off work so we offered the clinic and so it's far it's been a success.

The H1N1 virus hasn't been grabbing headlines recently, which worried health officials. Those worries were put to rest as hundreds came in for the vaccine.

Fair says, "We were very excited when we got here. We actually had some individuals waiting in our cafeteria before the clinic began because they wanted to be 1st in line."

The main goal of the clinic was to vaccinate and make the process quick and effortless. The goal was not only reached but greatly appreciated by parents and patients who could not stop talking about how quick and easy it was.

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