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UPDATE: General public now eligible for H1N1 vaccine

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MADISON (WKOW) -- County health officials are calling Monday's targeted mass H1N1 vaccination clinic a success.

Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) immunized 1,556 people at the clinic, which was held at the Alliant Energy Center.

The target groups reached are as follows:

  • 38 percent children and young adults, ages 6 months to 24 years
  • 17 percent people with underlying health conditions, ages 25 to 64 years
  • 4 percent people who live or care for children younger than 6 months old
  • 0.7 percent health care or emergency medical services personnel
  • 0.2 percent pregnant women

65 percent of the people receiving the vaccination were from Madison and 28 percent were from other parts of Dane County.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- State health officials say Wisconsin now has enough of the H1N1 vaccine to vaccinate the general public.

Officials say public health departments, private health care providers, and pharmacies have been told then can vaccinate anyone, not just those in the high risk categories.

State Health Officer Dr. Seth Foldy says there are 1.5 million doses of the vaccine in the state so it is now OK to broaden vaccinations. He does say, however, the top priority remains pregnant women, everyone under age 24 and those with underlying health conditions.

Since the emergence of the swine flu in April, forty-three Wisconsin residents have died from complications associated with the virus.

Online reporting by Chris Wilson and Jamie Hersch

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