H1N1 shot clinic attracts hundreds in Nacogdoches

By Donna McCollum - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The wait in line to get a H1N1 shot that takes only seconds gave people time to think why they were there.

"I didn't want to get it just because it's too new, but now being a nurse and I have MS. It's kinda scary and I don't want to take any chances," said Chandi Paulette while waiting in line. When asked if the recent death of someone with H1N1 came into play Paulette quickly answered, "It had a lot to do with it."

The death of a fifty five year old man once strong enough to work on an oil rig prompted many others to come in too. The man's roommate, also an oil rig worker, is in critical condition.

George Perry, a man in his 50's has had pneumonia twice in the last three years related to the deceased man, who came in with a severe case of pneumonia. "I know a lot of wildcatters. They're pretty healthy guys and if one of them can get it, I know we need it."

Planning for the drive through shot clinic began within 2 hours of the man's death. By two o'clock Friday the first shot was given.

"The lines actually started forming around ten o'clock in the morning, so I think these people are taking it very serious and they realize they need to get the shots," Judge Joe English, Nacogdoches County Judge observed.

Parents once extremely nervous about the vaccine for their kids are now reconsidering. "I'm going to go ahead with it. Hopefully everything will be okay," Tyana Michelle said with her children in the back seat.

The response is an illustration that the community is concerned about H1N1. "now that we're starting to see some people starting to get sick and they're hearing about their friends and neighbors get sick, they want to do what they can to help themselves out," Tim Hayward, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital administrator said.

Both Nacogdoches hospitals pooled their available vaccines. Student nurses quickly gathered to help. This illustrates the people of Nacogdoches County is listening. If given the opportunity they will take the necessary precautions against H1N1.

The grass roots organization prompted the state to join in. More vials arrived. Perhaps more clinics will be planned. "We are getting vaccine every week," Ronda Lide, Department of Health Services informed.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported the CDC has allocated nearly 4.2 million doses to Texas. About 626,000 of those doses were allocated Monday, Thursday and today. They are now in the process of being distributed to Texas providers.

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