H1N1 vaccine clinic held in Longview

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - After months of anticipation, nearly 100 East Texans got their H1N1 flu vaccines in Longview. The Gregg County Health Department held their first H1N1 flu clinic.

With their children in hand, East Texas parents lined up to get their little ones H1N1 ready.

"It's two to four olds and then your five through 18-year-olds who have a condition that puts them at high risk," said Michelle Skrme, with the health department. "You have your pregnant women and then your health care providers that take care of those target groups."

For Racer Bodkin's nine-year-old daughter, Shadda, getting the vaccine is crucial. That's because she has type one diabetes.

"We talked to her doctor that handles diabetes and he recommended that absolutely we eliminate as much risk as we can for her getting sick," said Bodkin. "They're around a lot of kids that pass things around just because their kids, and we just don't want to take anymore risk than we have to."

Children with diabetes, asthma, or neurological problems are the first to be inoculated - with proof of their condition.

"We are requiring a doctor's documentation if your child is in that high risk group," said Skrme.

Michelle Crum's kids fall in another target group. They all are under the age of five.

"We're really happy to have the vaccine, of course," said Crum. "It's a source of relief, but we do know that we still have to continue practicing good hand washing."

With four kids, Crum has the best advice for parents, when it comes to H1N1.

"The big message is not to panic," said Crum/

There will be another H1N1 flu vaccine clinic at the Gregg County Health Department Friday starting at 8:30. They ask that before you come, to check with your doctor.

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