Swine flu clinics held in mall, college

November 13, 2009 3:16:06 PM PST
The Burlington County Health Department in New Jersey held a few public clinics inside local malls.

The turnout was huge.

The line stretched down and around the lower level of the Burlington Center Mall.

Hundreds of people waited several hours to get their kids vaccinated against H1N1.

For many like Danielle Thorn it's their second attempt.

Hundreds of people waited hours last week outside the Burlington County Health department only to find out they had run out of doses.

"It was a little disturbing, a little upsetting," Thorn said.

Bill Weisgarber says they handed out pink cards then and today people with those cards went to the head of line.

Still parents and kids had to be patient.

They expect to vaccinate about 1500 people here today.

They're also holding a clinic at the Moorestown Mall. Health officials say as long as vaccine comes in, they'll keep holding clinics.

"Bear with us, not only here, this is throughout the nation, vaccine will be coming in on a weekly basis," Burlington County Health Department Bill Weisgarber said.

Meanwhile at a clinic at the University of Pennsylvania the line moved much faster.

"I was just walking past and said vaccine is in here, I just went in, took about 10 minutes," Penn student Eshan Affan.

Thousands of students there were vaccinated. Both groups, college age and young kids, are more susceptible to the virus. Getting more people vaccinated will help curb the spread of the H1N1 pandemic.

"Especially in dorm living, if someone gets swine flu, it can spread to everyone in the dorm, so keeping the whole community healthy it reduces the spread," Penn student Srinivas Prathipati said.

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