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City distributes H1N1 vaccine to providers and clinics

By Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis, MO. – So far the city of St. Louis has received about 36,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine.

But don't expect the city's health department to hold a clinic for the general public.

Instead health director Pam Walker says doses are being distributed directly to 44 healthcare providers and ten hospitals. She says doses are also available at ten clinics that are open to walk-ins.

Walker says in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's priority list it's better to get the vaccine from a provider or health clinic.

"When you're dealing with children with underlying medical conditions, it's probably not a good idea for them to stand in long lines at a public clinic to get vaccinated," Walker said.

But doses are limited even among the ten walk-in clinics.

Only five locations told St. Louis Public Radio they had doses available and those were for priority groups.

>> See a list of local vaccine providers (PDF document)