Get in Line Early for H1N1 Shots

By Andrew Greiner
|  Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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Get in Line Early for H1N1 Shots

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The lines at Larkin High School in Elgin were incredibly long.

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Get in line, Chicago.

The city will again offer free H1N1 flu vaccinations at six city college locations today.

On Saturday locations across the city were inundated with shot seekers. Some people waited up to two hours before the clinics even opened.

City officials are asking for calm in the face of vaccine shortages.

"The main thing is to understand while it's still in short supply, we do get continual shipments every week, and over time, we will have enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone who wishes to be vaccinated, so have a little patience," Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Terry Mason said, according to CBS2.

It's probably easier to get the shot from your family physician rather than one of the clinics. The free locations are for those with out health coverage. 

"The best place to get an H1N1 flu vaccination is your own family doctor or other regular medical provider," Mason said. "Now is the time for people who want a flu vaccination to contact their doctor to find out when they can get vaccinated."

If you don't have a doctor, free shots can be had at these six locations: Kennedy King College, 6301 S. Halsted St.; Olive Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski Rd.; Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.; Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave.; Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett Ave.

The shots are offered every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at those locations.

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