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Free H1N1 vaccine at Riverside County clinic

December 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The worst of the swine flu outbreak is over in the US, but world health experts say the danger is not over yet.Many more people could still get sick. The virus could even mutate and become more dangerous.

The world health organization says more than 11,500 people have died so far from the Swine flu.

The regular flu kills between 250,000 to 500,000 people each year.

Health experts still urge people to get vaccinated, saying more could come down with the Swine flu this winter

In Riverside County the restrictions placed on residents to receive a free shot have been lifted at a public clinic in the Moreno Valley.

After signing a couple forms, and getting a quick shot Moreno Valley resident Michael Bryant is vaccinated for the Swine flu.

Despite what Bryant calls needle-phobia, he says the seriousness of the H1N1 virus made his decision a no-brainer.

"I wanted, as a preventative measure, to get it, so I would be fine for my family," Bryant said.

Each member of the Singlteton family got a vaccination, even one-year old Kaitlyn.

"This is mostly because right now she can't take any medicine," Tim Singleton said. "So this is basically good for her to have."

Riverside County health officials say there's no shortage of the H1N1 vaccine and that's why public clinics can offer it to anyone who wants it.

Sharon Murphy came all the way from Murrieta for the Swine flu vaccine.

"I have a 29-year old niece who had the Swine flu in September and was sick for a week and a half," Murphy said. "Thirty miles is nothing when compared to being sick for a week and a half, so I was definitely going to be here."

Despite it being absolutely free, not too many people were at the public clinic in Riverside County.

"Too bad," says spokesperson Sean Nealon, because there probably won't be many more of these clinics offered.

"We're actually winding these down and trying to steer people to ten family care centers scattered throughout the county," Nealon said.

Anyone who lives in Riverside County got the vaccine for free on Tuesday.


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