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Flu clinic serves thousands at ASU

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "Waited close to two hours," said Cory Fontenot.

"Almost an hour and a half," said Reva Langley.

But no matter how long, thousands did wait.

"It's worth it.  I think they should have had extra lines for people with children," said Fontenot.

"I thought, ‘Oh I hope it moves fast!'  It's moving pretty quick," said Langley.

About 150 volunteers from ASU helped out with traffic and with vaccinations.  Nursing students, instructors, and those with the Craighead County Health Unit helped keep the cars moving.

"I expect it to be busy and for us to run out of the vaccine within just a few hours," said Clinic Coordinator Rhonda Campbell.

Everyone who came to the clinic has a good reason.  One is a fear over the virus that has killed over a thousand people in the US already.

"It's a scare so everybody wants to get their shots plus it's free," said Courtney Tatum.

"I think the flu's going to be horrible this year.  I just think we all need it," said Langley.

"I want to make sure she's vaccinated because of the outbreak and just be precautionary," said Fontenot.

One tent was set up for the H1N1 vaccine with only a limited number of doses.  Only pregnant women, children six months to four-years-old, and children 5 to 18-years-old with underlying health conditions could get that vaccine.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 3,000 seasonal flu shots were administered, while 400 people received the H1N1 vaccine.

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