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Dane Co. preps for walk-in H1N1 clinics


MADISON (WKOW) -- On Monday in Dane County, it was virtually impossible to get the H1N1 vaccine. But on Tuesday, it could be as easy as signing your name.

This round of the vaccine is only for those most at risk of developing flu-related complications. Public Health for Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) is trying to split up the high-risk group over two days at the Alliant Energy Center:

Tuesday, Nov. 17: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Pregnant women
  • Children ages 6-23 months
  • Children 5-18 years old with underlying health conditions

Wednesday, Nov. 18: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Children 24-59 months
  • Anyone living with children under 6 months
  • Care providers of children under 6 months

Demand for the vaccine is as high as ever, but PHMDC is not about to be stingy.

"We ask for your birthdate and your name and your signature, and that's all," said Dr. Thomas Schlenker, PHMDC director. "It's totally the honor system. We're not requiring any proof of identification. We just expect that most people will come if they're supposed to come and those that aren't, won't."

Still, with so many people looking to get the shot for themselves or their children, many wonder if the honor system is going to work.

"It seems like it's a little disorganized, the whole process of getting the vaccine," said Erica Hendricks, who has 16-month-old and 8-year-old daughters. "They keep changing their minds, so I can see how people who are nervous might rush in there and try to get it, even if they aren't really high risk."

Hendricks wants her daughters to get the vaccine as soon as possible, but doesn't want to take a coveted dose from someone who can't get their shot elsewhere.

"With us having insurance, I wasn't sure if we should [go to the mass clinic]," said Hendricks. Or should we just wait for our clinic to get it? It's been a hard decision."

But Schlenker says there is finally enough vaccine for all high-risk people.

"We hope to focus mostly on those who have no insurance and are not well-connected with their provider, but for people who do have a provider but can't seem to make arrangements, we're happy to see them, too," said Schlenker.

The state health department hopes to expand the current high-risk group by the end of the week and hold additional clinics soon, but only if it has adequate supply of the vaccine after Wednesday's walk-in clinic.

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