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County ‘pleased’ with response to free H1N1 clinics

More than 10,600 people were vaccinated during free mass H1N1 vaccination clinics conducted by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency over the past two weekends, it was announced Wednesday.

“We are very pleased with the response,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County’s public health officer. “It’s great to see so many San Diego County residents take advantage of the opportunity to get immunized against H1N1.”

“Wooten said that while H1N1 activity is declining locally, the virus is still in the community and people should still get vaccinated.

To date, 829 people in San Diego County have been hospitalized with the H1N1 virus, up only slightly from last week, according to the HHSA. There have been no new H1N1-related deaths in the county, according to the HHSA. However, the deaths of 62 people locally have been linked to H1N1 since the pandemic began.