Milwaukee Holds First Swine Flu Clinic

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MILWAUKEE - The City of Milwaukee will hold its first swine flu vaccination clinic for the general public this week.

The first clinic, designed for people who live in the city, is set for Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sarah Scott Middle School, at North 12th and State.

The Milwaukee Health Department says that if vaccines remain after Friday's clinic, they will hold another one on Saturday, October 24th at Sarah Scott Middle School and at South Division High School, on the 1500 block of West Lapham Street.

The free-of-charge clinic is designed for underinsured and uninsured people who could not readily get vaccinated and are:
People between 6 months and 24 years old
Pregnant women
People 25-64 with chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or immune system problems
People who live with or care for infants who are less than 6 months old
Health care workers and emergency medical services personnel.

It will be a first-come, first served clinic, open to the general public, though people listed above are the Health Department's preferred recipients of the vaccines.

"I'm confident we'll be able to accommodate most people on Friday. And again, Saturday, clinics will be held 10-3 and we'll have clinics the following two weeks," said Paul Biedrzycki of the Milwaukee Health Department.
 
Biedrzycki said the city will have between 12 and 16 lines of people being vaccinated simultaneously with between 70 and 80 staff members handling the crowd. He also said the Milwaukee Police Department will be on hand to provide crowd control and security.