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Thousands wait in line for H1N1 shot

October 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Locals lined up early Monday and waited in long lines to get the H1N1 flu shot.Thousands of people waited in the heat to get the H1N1 shot.

"I'm five months pregnant and I want to protect my child within me, and protect myself," said Susan Diaz. "I'm even concerned about my family. When I come home I'm going to tell them, 'You need to get your shot.'"

Millions have already been infected with the virus. The president declared it a national emergency, but there simply isn't enough vaccine yet to go around.

Los Angeles County got about 300,000 doses. The priority is for those considered at high-risk such as: pregnant women, young children, and those with underlying health conditions.

"It's been a long trip and a long wait, but hopefully it will be worth it," said Megan Webber.

Webber says she didn't want to wait until her son's pediatrician received a shipment.

"My son Matthew has epilepsy. He's really sensitive to heat and fevers so we decided to drive down and make the trip," said Webber. "We came from the Palisades to get in line."

"I know people are frustrated because it's taken so long for the vaccine to come," said L.A. County Director of Public Health Jonathan Fielding. "We were happy to be able to accommodate virtually everybody and we hope more vaccine will be coming soon."

About 40 more clinics will be opening in L.A. County in the next few weeks.


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