Demand outpaces supply for H1N1

October 29, 2009 7:32:13 PM PDT
Long lines and high demand have led to changes about how health departments distribute the swine flu vaccine. While more shipments of the vaccines are arriving daily, demand is still outpacing supply in many areas, including in Chicago. Some counties are cutting back clinic hours and others are turning to appointment-only systems.

At Daley College, all 1,100 flu vaccine shots are spoken for. They have reached capacity already.

Daley College is one of six locations in the city for free H1N1 flu shots. They're in the third day of distributions and the lines remain long.

"I don't know what to expect. When the flu season comes, I don't -- I don't want to be unprepared. I just want to keep my kids healthy," said Lisa Degnan, getting vaccine.

The Chicago clinics are focused on serving the highest priority patients, young people six months to 24 years, pregnant women and people with pre-existing conditions or who work in health care. Some people in line are developing their own priority system, however, to help those who need it most get the vaccine.

Lake County, Ill.

It was the first day of distribution in Lake County. The first person got in line at 3 a.m. and the doors opened just after 8. By then, the line snaked around the Round Lake Municipal Sports Center and spilled out on the streets.

The health department handed out wristbands to those who were first to arrive. They got ether the shot or nasal spray.

"It's important for my children. I want to make sure that they have the H1N1 vaccine or the remedy for now," said Geoff Grabiel, who was first in line.

Lake County has five locations. They will have clinics through the weekend. But officials there expect that they will probably run out of their supply of the vaccine by either late Friday or early Saturday.

Cook County:

In Cook County, those who want the vaccine have to make an appointment by calling : 708-836-8600 or one of the CCDPH District offices:

  • North District (847) 818-2860
  • West District (708) 786-4000
  • Southwest District (708) 974-6160
  • South District (708) 210-4500

    DuPage County is taking appointments at (866) 311-1123.


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