For the second consecutive Thursday, people seeking an H1N1 vaccination stood in the rain outside the Independence Health Department.

For the second consecutive Thursday, people seeking an H1N1 vaccination stood in the rain outside the Independence Health Department.
But unlike last week, they did not stand in long lines for a long time.
The department ushered the people inside in groups. Each group, consisting of 80 people, went inside every half-hour.
“Knowing the rain was coming, we decided to try this today to be able to accommodate,” said health director Larry Jones.
As people approached the department, health workers were given a card that had an assigned time. They then waited outside until they were ushered inside.
The FluMist was the only vaccine given. Only persons ages 2 to 49 were eligible.
Doug Brownyard and wife Melissa Brownyard and daughter Samantha Gilliland all got the FluMist on Thursday.
“It was a very easy process,” Doug said.
Melissa added: “It went a lot faster than I expected,” she said. “The H1N1 seems a little more angry of a virus.”
The department planned on giving 700 vaccinations from 3 to 7 p.m. “That’s how much vaccine we have and that’s what we’re going to give,”Jones said.
To handle the influx of residents, the department had area colleges interns helping out, Jones said.

NEXT UP?

The Independence Health Department is inviting people to get the FluMist nasal vaccination from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the health department, 515 S. Liberty St.
The department is offering the H1N1 vaccination to children and young adults ages 2 to 24 and health care workers and caregivers of children 6 months or younger.
People who should not get the FluMist are children younger than age 2 and adults age 50 or older, pregnant women, those with chronic medical conditions, allergies to eggs and asthma. Also, if you’ve received an antiviral medications within the last 48 hours or received the FluMist within the last 28 days you can’t get the vaccination.