How to Get H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine
Perseverance, Patience, Priority Status Key to Finding Flu Shots
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"They were holding clinics at local schools, and had a full calendar of
clinics -- but about half of them were postponed because they had not received
enough vaccine," Kiblinger tells WebMD. "But one, about two towns over, said
they'd have vaccine on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m."
So on Saturday morning the Kiblinger family hopped in the car and got to the
clinic a half hour early. The line already was long.
"They said they had 700 doses, 400 of the spray and 300 of the injectable,"
Kiblinger says. "We waited in line two hours before they came out and started
counting people. Then they cut off the line -- and sent a bunch of people home
who were behind us. They said they couldn't be sure how much of each kind of
vaccine would be left when we got to the front of the line -- that it would be
Over the next hour, the Kiblingers wound their way through the clinic. When
they got to the front, she and her daughter got their shots. So far, so good:
Hazel will need two shots for protection, so she'll have to get another shot in
Looking for H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine
Like the Kiblingers, millions of Americans are getting flu shots and
flu sniffs. Here's how they are doing it -- and how you can maximize your odds
of finding H1N1 swine flu vaccine for eligible family members.
The first step should be to check the flu.gov web site. There's a map of the
United States; click on your state and you'll find links to your state health
At this point, residents of different states will have different
experiences. Some states offer information only about public vaccine providers
(not all states allocate vaccine to private providers); others list both public
and private providers. Some states have links to local health departments, and
those local departments have information about where and when vaccination
clinics will be held.
Whichever experience you have, it's a good idea to use your telephone --
frequently. Regularly check with your local health department and with vaccine
providers in your area. If you want to see how much vaccine is flowing into
your state, check the CDC's 2009 H1N1
influenza vaccine supply status web page.