Merced Sun-Star photo by Marci Stenberg
Long lines snaked around the Merced Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday as Merced County Public Health workers distributed the swine flu vaccine. Veronic Solis, an office assistant, is shown registering people to receive the vaccine.
This week's vaccination clinics marked the first time that Merced County was able to include all people targeted by the Centers for Disease Control, said Richard Rios, community health services manager. Targeted groups include pregnant women, children, health care workers and people with other medical conditions like asthma or diabetes.
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Rios said that approximately 200 people were in line Tuesday when the doors opened at 1 p.m. The clinics have been averaging about 650 people, he said.
The flu vaccine clinics are planned by the public health department on a weekly basis, depending upon vaccine availability. Rios said that people should first check with their regular health care providers because local doctors and medical groups have begun to receive shipments of the vaccine.
Another clinic will be held Wednesday at the Los Banos Fairgrounds, 403 F St., from 1 to 5 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Merced Boys & Girls Club.