Public Flu Vaccine Clinic

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The country's outlook on the shortage of the flu vaccine isn't looking as grim as originally predicted.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson said Tuesday an additional 2.6 million doses will be available in January. Thompson also says the country will receive 24 million doses previously planned for.

That hasn't stopped people from waiting in long lines to get the vaccine. At Midelfort Clinic in Eau Claire Wednesday morning, residents waited an average of an hour for the shot and health officials estimate they'll give out 1500 shots.

"We're trying to reassure our patients that we do have enough vaccine for the high-risk patients, so that those that meet the criteria from the governor as well as the CDC, we have enough vaccines for those patients," says Barb Cramer, the nursing director.

The clinic will be open again on Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. For more information, contact the Midelfort Clinic at 838-6988.