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19% of county residents vaccinated for H1N1 flu

The second wave of H1N1 virus is over in Sedgwick County, but it's not known whether another wave is on the way.

"Right now we're in good shape," Claudia Blackburn, the county's health director, said at a staff meeting Tuesday.

But, she said, "This is a novel virus. It may very well reoccur during the flu season."

Only about 19 percent of the total county population has been vaccinated, which isn't good, Blackburn said. During a normal flu season, about 40 percent of the targeted population is immunized.

"We still have a ways to go just to catch up with that, and that's really not high enough," Blackburn said. "We'd like to see 70 or 80 percent of the people vaccinated. We don't think that will happen."

Nationally, about 47 million people have been infected with the H1N1 virus, and about 17 percent of county residents, Blackburn said.

The county has received 159,700 doses of the vaccine, of which 92,313 have been administered to individuals by the health department and private providers in the county.

The county has administered slightly more than half of the doses, 48,034.

The county has given 26,395 doses at its vaccination clinic at 4095 E. Harry, which opened to the public last month, Blackburn said. It has given 6,411 doses at 37 mobile clinics.

The county has given 15,228 doses at school clinics, but only 15 percent of the county's students have been immunized, which isn't as high as the county had hoped, Blackburn said.

The county has spent $584,000 of the $2.1 million budgeted for the vaccination program, Blackburn said.

"We're not done, but we don't anticipate spending all the money," she said.

The county still is seeing more than 200 people a day at its clinic on East Harry, she said.

The clinic is open from 2 to 7 p.m. daily through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The vaccine is free.

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