Crow Wing County Public Health workers were bracing for large lines at its first H1N1 immunization clinic Monday at the Brainerd Armory.
So were parents and many showed up an hour before the clinic was to open at 10 a.m. Monday.
But the wait times were relatively short and the process was smooth and orderly.
"I was expecting a very big crowd," said Joyce Mueller, a Crow Wing County Public Health nurse.
Mueller was one of about 25 county workers, who along with eight health care volunteers, staffed the clinic Monday. The county had 400 doses of the injectable vaccine, which was to be given to children ages 6 months to 23 months, and 500 doses of the FluMist, which was administered to children ages 24-35 months and anyone ages 2-49 who live with or are caregivers of infants less than 6 months old.
Children and adults who did not meet that criteria were unable to receive the vaccine.
Joyce Mueller, a Crow Wing County Public Health nurse, spoke to parents who waited in line to get their young children vaccinated for the H1N1 flu virus Monday morning at the Brainerd Armory.
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Kari Folk, who works at Heartsfilled daycare in south Brainerd, showed up to get the FluMist because she has four infants at the daycare.
"I'm protecting the babies, just like I do everyday," said Folk.
Carli Gilbertson, Brainerd, brought her 23-month-old son, Mason. While her son was getting the injection, she was getting the FluMist because she also works at a daycare.
"I thought everyone would be panicky and get here early," said Gilbertson. "We had this planned out that we'd get here early."
Gilbertson's friend, Patrice Foster, got her 9-month-old daughter, Lila, vaccinated Monday. The Brainerd mom said she'd been anxious to get Lila vaccinated against the H1N1 virus and hoping she didn't get sick before it was available.
"It's nothing like I thought," Foster said of waiting in line. "I thought I'd have to wait in my car."
The clinic was to be open until 6 p.m. Monday or until the vaccine supply ran out.
For updated H1N1 information, interested persons may call the Crow Wing County 24-hour flu hotline at 822-7022.
JODIE TWEED may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.
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