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No wait for vaccinations at some offices

October 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Thousands of people have been waiting in lines across the county for swine flu vaccinations, at least at some offices. At other locations people are few and far between and getting a shot is a quick process.At 5 a.m. Saturday Diana Zaragoza, her 2-year-old son and his grandparents lined up outside the Monrovia Community Center. By the time the clinic opened at nine, more than 600 people were waiting for swine flu vaccinations.

Zaragoza, who is four months pregnant, was unable to get a vaccination anywhere else and she's been nervous.

"You don't want to go anywhere. You see people coughing, you see people with masks," said Zaragoza. "It's hard to hear of people dying and you don't know if your unborn child is safe."

Crowds have been flocking to clinics in L.A. County this weekend to get the H1N1 vaccine. Pregnant women, children and people with compromised immune systems are being given priority.

County health officials said Saturday alone around 23,000 people were vaccinated. Some people in Monrovia waited more than six hours for shots.

But at Enterprise Park in Compton it was a different story. No lines and virtually no waiting.

Melissa Wickman and her family drove in from Redondo Beach and were in and out in about 10 minutes.

"It's really easy. They have a nasal spray option for the kids," said Wickman. "Even though it's a live vaccine, with kids we're lucky if we can get them to sit still to take a shot. So there are options available for families."

The director of the county health department said the nasal spray is a good option for people between the ages of 2 and 49, as long as they don't have other medical issues.

Annabelle Beal was relieved to get her young sons vaccinated.

"When they are at my home its fine but it's when they are in school or the parks," said Beal. "I'm trying to protect them as much as I can."

Some of the vaccine is being allocated from quieter locations to busy ones.


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