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Sites picked for Franklin Co. H1N1 clinics

November 06, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- The Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services knows where and how H1N1 influenza vaccine will be administered, but not when.

"The locations have been chosen, and we have a very firm plan. What we don't have is a date," Emergency Management Coordinator Susan Dutko said.

Selected sites are Chambersburg Mall in Scotland, Pa., and Antrim Brethren in Christ Church north of Greencastle, Pa.

On Wednesday, the Waynesboro Borough Council authorized the town's fire police to assist at vaccination clinics if needed for traffic control.

"The (Pennsylvania) Department of Health is trying to vaccinate the priority groups first," Dutko said, identifying them as school-age children, health care workers, pregnant women and people with other medical conditions.

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Vaccine will become available to the general public after that, she said.

A Pennsylvania Department of Health spokeswoman said previously the intent is to make vaccine available to those who want it.

"They're hoping for mid-November to mid-December, but the vaccine producers have not been able to meet the numbers they originally said," Dutko said, saying she hears vaccine is now arriving quicker.

Emergency officials hope to hold clinics on three days for 12 hours a day. Vaccines will be administered by licensed nurses.

Dutko said medical professionals and other volunteers are needed to help operate those clinics. To volunteer, call 717-264-2813.

No deaths in Franklin County have been attributed to H1N1, commonly called swine flu, but some people who passed away in the hospital had flu-like symptoms coupled with other health issues, according to Dutko.

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