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Community wide effort to vaccinate people against H1N1 virus

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County healthcare providers and emergency responders joined forces to vaccinate as many people as they could against the H1N1 virus.

"It made a lot of sense. We knew we could do things with our staff, but to be in communities and make it more accessible for people who are unable to travel," says Janel Heinrich.

Twelve clinics were held throughout Dane County.

Each facility armed with 500 doses of the H1N1 vaccine.

The clinics were for people considered to be at high risk of getting the virus like pregnant women, people with pre-existing health conditions and children 6-months old to those 24 years old.

"I've gotten regular flu shots for years because I am at a risk class and I've been waiting for the H1N1 shot to be available," Dick Pitzner who received the vaccine.

From the turnout officials say the need is still high in those target groups.

The 12 clinics ran from 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning to Noon.

People who missed the clinic and want to get vaccinated are encouraged to go to the next free clinic.

That will be Monday in Madison.

It is again for people in those high risk groups.

Immunizations will be given from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall.

They are free. Both the nasal spray vaccine and flu shot vaccine will be available.

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