Reader Sue DeVandry submitted the following account of her experience with the H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Clinic yesterday at Granada Recreation Center.
I arrived at the Granada Hills Rec Center as a GHNNC volunteer this morning at 7:45 am. I was surprised to see so many people already in line, some arriving as early as 6:00 am. The doors were supposed to open at 9:00 am. Unfortunately, while the nurses, doctors, shots and nasal sprays were there, the consent forms for the vaccines were not and thus the 1-1/2 hour wait before getting started. I found myself walking up and down the line of people answering questions about the vaccines and making sure everyone had the proper forms filled out. That line kept getting longer and longer as more people showed up to get the "free" H1N1 Swine Flu vaccinations.
The H1N1 "Swine Flu" vaccine cames two ways. You had your choice between the "live, attenuated nasal spray also known as LAIV" or the "inactivated flu shot".
The 2009 H1N1 LAIV does not contain thimerosal or other preservatives. It is licensed for people from ages 2 through 49 years of age, who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions such as asthma, anemia, diabetes, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease. The vaccine virus is attenuated (weakened) so it will not cause illness. The line for the nasal spray vaccine seemed a lot shorter than the line for the regular H1N1 shot.
Yes, the wait was a long one...but most of the people I spoke to were very patient and understanding and just appreciated the opportunity to receive the "free" H1N1 vaccine.
If you missed the opportunity to get your H1N1 shot or spray today, they will be available tomorrow at the Granada Hills Rec Center from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.