By DAVID GREEN
More than 700 doses of H1N1 flu vaccine were given Friday in Morenci when the Lenawee County Health Department made its first to a school.
Vaccines will be given to all schools in the county by Nov. 18, and then the process will begin again for second doses to children age nine and younger.
“We thought it went quite well,” said coordinator Jane Clark of the health department.
About 42 percent of the student population chose to receive a vaccination, which is above the national average, Clark said.
The late afternoon clinic for adults brought a flood of people from throughout the area.
“We had a really long line,” Clark said. “Five nurses were giving shots, but we finished by 7 p.m.”
The final adult tally was 420 vaccines.
A few people were from Ohio—out of the Lenawee Health Department’s service area—but they were given shots anyway.
“I’m not going to turn people away,” Clark said.
The health department reported seven confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza as of Oct. 16, and that figure will be updated this week, said department director Michael Kight. There were 223 cases of people reporting flu-like symptoms, indicating an increased incidence of flu in the area.
Tests for N1H1 are not being undertaken now that the strain’s presence in the county is known.
Schools in Hillsdale and Pittsford closed last week due to sickness and many others across the state were taking precautions as absenteeism rose.
A week ago, only around 10 percent of students were absent at Morenci’s high school and middle, a figure not much different from normal.