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Huge crowds turning out for swine flu vaccine

October 26, 2009 |  7:59 am

Large crowds are expected today as L.A. County holds another swine flu clinic, this one at the Industry Hills Expo Center in Industry.

Thousands of people have waited hours over the last three days, clamoring to get the H1N1 flu vaccine amid a shortage of the medication.

In Redondo Beach, a swine flu vaccine clinic drew so many people that it backed up traffic for miles, according to the Daily Breeze. The clinic was designed for South Bay residents, but it drew people from as far away as Santa Barbara. Many sat in their cars for hours, only to be turned away when the vaccine ran out.

Shipments have been slow to arrive, frustrating physicians and patients. California has received 1.7 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine, out of 20 million expected this season.

Though the county's clinics were ostensibly for the uninsured, county health officials said they will provide the vaccine to anyone who falls into a priority group: pregnant women, those from 6 months to 24 years of age, adults between the ages of 25 and 64 who have chronic health problems and healthcare workers.

-- Shelby Grad

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