H1N1 mist vaccine arrives for children

By: Ryan Calhoun Email
By: Ryan Calhoun Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock -- October 12, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After a long wait, the H1N1 mist vaccine is here for children from two to four years old and parents brought their children out to get it.

The Richmond and Columbia County Health Department's received about 2,000 vaccines between the two of clinic's to prevent them from getting the H1N1 bug.

William Maguire brought his daughter Sophie in to the Richmond County Health Department to make sure she wouldn't get bitten by the H1N1 bug.

"When I heard about the opportunity from my boss I decided to come on down," Maguire said.

Suzanne Morgan's son Riley also got the mist and a sticker from the nurse because he did so well.

"I know some people who have had it," Morgan said. "I heard about this and I said, 'Okay, this is something we have to do.'"

The clinics were expecting more parents to bring their children in, but that wasn't the case as more than 30 showed up to Columbia County's clinic and more than 20 showed up to Richmond County's clinic.

Though many kids didn't get the vaccine, Columbia County's Health Department clinic registered nurse Victoria Manning said it is still important for children to get the vaccine.

"At the rate the H1N1 has impacted the community especially children," she said. "I would highly advise it."

But since there wasn't too many children who received the vaccine, it means there is plenty extras for other children in the area.

Both clinics will be giving them out until they run out of the mist, they said.

There isn't any word on when the vaccine will be in for people of all ages or in the shot form, but check back with News 12 for updates.

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