Huntsville health officials administer first doses of H1N1

By Monica Rix - email
Posted by Dana Franks - email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - H1N1 vaccines finally arrived in north Alabama Wednesday. Madison County health officials received a few thousand doses this week, and people were up bright and early Wednesday, eager for their shot at getting vaccinated.

Hundreds of people were in the line outside of First Baptist Church in Huntsville.

"Got here at 5:50 a.m.," said Javonne Hines, who was the first in line. "Just trying to make sure that my daughter gets the shot."

Madison County health officials finally got their first batch of 3,200 doses. Hines' daughter, Jada, is 11 years old and has asthma, which puts her in a high-risk group for swine flu.

"I've been calling pediatricians every day, so I'm glad it's here and she can get protected," she said.

But Hines wasn't the only mother excited that vaccines were finally available. Laura Ford drove down from Tennessee with her 1-year-old.

"You're exposed to everything," Ford said. "You can wash your hands and you can get sanitized, but there's only so much protection you have."

Health officials made sure everyone who showed up Wednesday morning got vaccinated, including little Jada.

"Now I've just got a sticker that says 'Ouch,'" she said. "Yes, it ouched."

But her mother said she hopes that little pinch will go a long way.

"I feel like I can exhale now," she said.

Health officials said they expect these vaccines to go quickly, but stressed that Tennessee Valley residents shouldn't worry. Officials said they expect another batch as early as the end of the week.

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