November 03, 2010 Edition

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Clinic response
down from last year

Charlotte Tinker (center) holds her son, Tripp, as Lawrence County Health Department nurse Stephanie Nicholas (left), RN, prepares to administer a flu shot at the mass flu clinic held Wednesday at the Walnut Ridge Community Center.
TD Photo ~ Shantelle Prater
Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

The Lawrence County Health Department hosted its annual mass flu clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Walnut Ridge Community Center.

Local nurses from the health department, Williams Baptist College and Lawrence County schools were on hand at the clinic to administer the vaccinations.

Approximately 400 residents attended the clinic seeking free flu shots, compared to last year's number of 560.

Last year's flu clinic was held at the Walnut Ridge Fire Department, where residents waited as long as one hour before receiving a shot. The high turnout last year was attributed to increased fear regarding the H1N1 virus.

The seasonal flu vaccine this year included protection from the H1N1 virus, and residents waited no more than five minutes.

"We had between 800 to 900 vaccines available," said clinic coordinator Amanda Thatcher, RN.

During last year's event, residents were turned away after 2 p.m. and advised to try Randolph County clinics as supplies ran low due to the overwhelming response.

"I think this year ran smoothly," said Thatcher.

Flu shots are still being administered at the Lawrence County Health Department, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 886-3201.

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