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Spreading The Word About H1N1

Residents in Wayne County had the chance to learn more about the H1N1 virus during a public meeting Tuesday night at Wayne Community College.

The Wayne County Health Department held a public meeting with a range of health experts giving people an education on the virus. With his phone ringing off the hook--James Roosen--the director of the health department, says there is high demand for more information. "We're getting a lot of questions at the health department about the H1N1 flu and when the vaccine is going to be available. People are very concerned right now."

Roosen has another concern--the vaccine. While he says Wayne County may see its share of the vaccine next month--the amount is less than expected. "At one time I think they were estimating about 120 million doses initially. That's been bumped down to 40 million. There's been some production slow down."

Roosen put together a packet of information called the, "Pandemic Flu and You," with information on how to treat and prevent the H1N1 virus.

Wayne County is the first county in eastern Carolina to hold an open forum such as this since the beginning of the new flu season.


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