Albany County H1N1 clinics filled in two days

In two days, the registration for two Albany County H1N1 clinics being held next week became full, according to county officials.

Those who were wishing to receive the vaccine at the clinics being held on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Times Union Center and Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Berne Knox Westerlo Elementary who have not yet registered will now have to wait for another clinic to be scheduled by the county.

After Albany County received a shipment of 1,100 H1N1 vaccines on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

According to Mary Duryea, spokeswoman for Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, the county had 2,343 vaccines left over from the last clinic, which was held on Sunday, Nov. 15. But two days from when the county announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18, that it would be holding two more clinics, the remaining vaccines, with the addition of the new shipment, were spoken for.

Our registration filled up today, Duryea said Thursday, Nov. 19. "There are no more spots for those [clinics] right now. Those are flled up."

Duryea said the county shipped some of the 2,343 vaccines left over from the first clinic to pediatricians in the county. The remainder will be distributed at the clinics.

According to a county press release sent on Wednesday, Nov. 18, there would be enough of the vaccine to distribute to 2,000 individuals at the Sunday clinic and 300 individuals at the Tuesday clinic.

"We just encourage anyone who is in those target groups to get the vaccine as recommended by the Center for Disease Control," Duryea said. "Those people have the most complications from the virus."

The target groups, Duryea said, include people from four to 24 years old; people 25 to 64 years old who have medication conditions that leave them at a higher risk for flu-related complications; people four years old and older who live with or provide care for infants younger than six months old; pregnant women; and health care personnel.

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