Hundreds Swarm Kane County H1N1 Clinic

By BJ Lutz
|  Monday, Oct 26, 2009  |  Updated 6:00 PM CDT
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Hundreds Swarm Kane County H1N1 Clinic

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A line estimated at several hundred people formed Monday evening in the damp weather around a Northwest Suburban High School for one of three H1N1 vaccination clinics.

At Elgin's Larkin High School, at 1475 Larkin Ave., a line extended outside the school and south down South Jane Drive.

A similar scene developed two other locations setup by the  Kane County Health Department: East Aurora High School, at 500 Tomcat Lane, in Aurora, and St. Charles North High School, at 255 Red Gate Road, in St. Charles, according to spokesman Tom Schlueter.

Schlueter said the county has 4,000 vaccinations and roughly 70 staffers at each site.

The clinics are scheduled to remain open until 9 p.m. and those waiting in line are being given writstbands. 

President Barack Obama on Saturday declared the H1N1 virus, commonly known as Swine Flu, a national emergency.

Illinois saw two deaths due to swine flu and 66 new hospitalizations because of the virus in the last week.

The Illinois Department of Public Health released the updated statistics on Friday.

The updated information means that 22 people in Illinois have died of swine flu and there have been 542 hospitalizations due to the disease.

According to the statistics, the highest number of hospitalizations at 163 have been children between the ages of five and 18. The greatest number of deaths, eight, fell in the 25 to 49 age bracket.

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