Families Line Up for H1N1 Flu Vaccine

1:07 PM, Oct 17, 2009   |    comments
  • Mikayla Hanks, 3, gets a H1N1 flu intranasal vaccine.
  • People lining up for the H1N1 flu vaccine in Norcross.
  • Tailee Hanks, 4, gets a H1N1 flu intranasal vaccine.
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Norcross, GA -- Dozens of families were among the hundreds who lined up for a special Saturday H1N1 flu vaccination clinic in Norcross.

Qui Tai, 16, was one of ten family members who arrived early at the Norcross Health Center so they could guard themselves against the H1N1 flu. 

Inside, the waiting room was packed.

Kim Hanks and her husband were ready, with no reservations about the vaccine but plenty of worries about the virus.

"People are just getting sick all over the place," said Ronell Hanks.

"And it's been escalating," Kim Hanks added. "The numbers have been getting bigger, so we decided it was something the family needed to have."

Their daughters are in the high-risk group of healthy children between the ages of 2 and 4. They're considered top priority.

"They have contact with daycare and the children in school," their mother said. 

But now there's enough vaccine in stock that mom and dad are also allowed to get the nasal spray.

"You may get a little sick, have a runny nose, but I would rather have it than not," Kim Hanks said. "It's best for the whole family to be vaccinated."

The East Metro Health District held clinics Saturday in Norcross, Lawrenceville, Buford, Newton County and Rockdale county.

Health officials had hundreds of nasal sprays available, but they're still waiting for the injectable form of the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Children under 10 years old will have to return after 30 days for a second dose.

In Georgia, two children with no underlying health conditions have died from the H1N1 flu. A total of 539 Georgians have been hospitalized, and 27 have died.

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