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Published November 21, 2009, 09:42 PM

Low Turnout For H1N1 Clinic

Less than 500 people showed up to be vaccinated for H1N1 flu in Grand Forks at a site that had more than 2700 vaccines to go around.

By: Joel Porter, WDAZ

It was set up to be the fourth and largest H1N1 vaccine clinic the city of Grand Forks has offered so far this year.

But the public health department used only a fraction of its flu vaccines.

The department had more than 27 hundred H1-N1 vaccines to give out at Red River High School today, but in three hours, just under 500 people showed up.

Today's clinic was open to children from six months to 18 years of age, pregnant women, caregivers of children under the age of 6 months, and people with chronic health conditions.

With fewer people in line, the average wait for a vaccine was about 10 minutes.

"and I really appreciate them doing it on a Saturday, so we didn't have to take off time from work," Kathy Narlock said. Narlock brought her daughter in for a vaccination.

"our younger kids already did the flu mist a few weeks ago, so we've just been waiting to get Becca in, she's a little bit older so we were happy to see they were doing teenagers today," Amy Sanner said. Sanner's daughter was vaccinated as well.

The public health department plans to hold clinics in surrounding communities including Northwood, Larimore and Thompson during the first week of December.