Hundreds line up for flu shots

WICHITA — Hundreds of people showed up today as the Sedgwick County Health Department opened its first H1N1 vaccination clinic.

Within 30 minutes, 106 people were vaccinated as the line continued to snake through a building at the Wichita Mall and spill outdoors onto a sidewalk.

Only 1,100 vaccinations will be given at this first clinic, said Sedgwick County Health Department director Claudia Blackburn.

Next week, the department will receive more of the flu vaccine and small children will be given priority.

Today's clinic was open only to health care workers and pregnant women.

The clinic at the Wichita Mall, 4031 E. Harry, will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, until the vaccine supply is depleted.

Hours of operation and the individuals who will be seen will be determined weekly, as the department knows how much vaccine it will receive.

"I know it can be very frustrating to wait for your turn to be vaccinated," Blackburn said.

Groups selected to receive the vaccine first have been identified because they are at the greatest risk for acquiring the illness and having negative outcomes or complications, she said.