H1N1 clinic targets youth

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

Thirty deaths are now related to the H1N1 Flu, according to state health officials.

A Northern Kentucky woman in her 30s with underlying health problems is the latest victim.

Meanwhile, another H1N1 clinic was held tonight in Martin County.

Officials with the Martin County Health Department say they held the clinic to try and get more school-aged kids vaccinated. Nobody was turned away, but the health director says students are at a high risk for contracting the virus.

The Martin County Health Department set aside an evening to distribute H1N1 vaccines, hoping to target those who need it most. Director Stephen Ward says, "We extended our work hours today to accommodate to bring in some of our students and kind of upping the percentage of our young people that are being vaccinated."

Jordan Hinkle is seventeen years old, and says the number of young people affected by the virus got him in to the clinic.

Others had more personal reasons. Twelve-year-old Kaitlyn Fletcher says, "My sister died last year, and my mom didn't want to lose another child. So, she made me come."

The Martin County Health Department had more than 600 vaccines to give out. Health officials say they are fortunate to be able to provide this to the public.

Ward says, "As long as it continues to come out in the doses it is coming out at, for Martin County, which is all I can speak for, we should be fine."

Even though he says the h1n1 supply is sufficient, Ward says he's concerned about having enough of the seasonal flu vaccine.

"We ,literally, do not have any vaccine at all, nor do I know of a health department that has any in the state," he says.

Ward says the seasonal flu vaccine is difficult to get because its manufacturers also make the H1N1 vaccine.

Martin County health officials say a little more than 100 people came out today. They had around 600 H1N1 vaccines to give out, so more is still available.

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