Bladen County holds H1N1 clinic

Reported by Claire Hosmann - bio|email
Posted by Lauren Thomson - email

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Health officials are pushing for more people to get the H1N1 vaccine.

While doses of the vaccine have been limited, many people in Bladen County got their shots of protection against the so-called "swine flu" at the Bladen County Health Department.

While hundreds of people have already been vaccinated against the virus, many more have not and health officials say the best way to stop the spread of the virus is by getting the shot.

Rhonda Wright was not excited to get the shot, but after hearing the warnings and seeing others fall victim to the virus, she decided to brave the needles.

"It was scary, especially about the female they just lost recently. It was scary," says Wright. "I wasn't going to come but my momma said I need to because I'm a school bus driver and I need to come."

Wright also brought her daughter to get vaccinated. Vaccination was especially important for them because they both fall in at-risk populations.

Deborah Bressin, the Director of Nursing at the Bladen County Health Department says, "the target groups are your individuals who are 6 months of age through 24 years, 25 through 64 years with underlying health conditions that may be asthma, diabetes. We are also targeting health care workers, folks who take care of babies less than 6 months of age, and health care workers, first responders... those individuals."

Bressin encourages everyone to get their shot because the flu season is far from over. "I really do expect another wave of the flu, probably sometime in the after Christmas, January, February... typically, that is when the seasonal flu is so bad."

At the Bladen County H1N1 clinic, the shot is completely free. All you have to bring is yourself and a little courage.

Most health departments across the area are offering the H1N1 vaccine free of charge. They just ask that you call ahead and make an appointment.

So far hundreds of vaccines have been given to local school children and I've been told that many more are on the way. For those scared of needles, the flu mist is another option.

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