Bangor Flu Clinic 

The Bangor Civic Center was packed today. Parents and kids started lining up early this morning to get the highly anticipated H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal flu shot.”The first person in line was here at 3 o’clock this morning…. She said ya know, I do this the day after Thanksgiving to save a few hundred dollars, I guess I can do it to protect my children.” Says Shawn Yardley, Director for Bangor Health and Community Service.It was clear, that feeling was shared by thousands. At times the line wrapped around the building.”My husband’s been waiting in line for 3 and a half hours. I just came an hour ago.” says Renee Perron, a parent.”We’ve had buses of school children through here and everyone has been spectacular. The people in the crowd have been very gracious.” explains Kathy Knight, an organizer.There is a limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine. Right now health officials are focused on vaccinating those most at risk. Knight says, “The vaccine that is currently available will be given to pregnant women and pediatric patients so children k-12.”Today’s clinic was exclusively for students from kindergarten to twelfth grade in the Bangor area. Health officials were notified just last Friday afternoon that they would have 4000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine. It took them just days to organize this clinic. With cases of the flu already confirmed locally, the goal is to vaccinate quickly, before there’s an outbreak.”I was concerned just because watching the news, seeing children in hospitals, and that have passed away, it’s very scary as a parent.” says Perron.Officials estimate they were vaccinating 450 students an hour.”It was a little scary at first, but it didn’t really hurt. It was just a second, so.” one student says.For parents, the clinic might have meant a few hours in line — for kids, a prick or two … But all can agree they’re better options than staying home sick this year with the flu.At 7:00pm Wednesday, officials at the clinic estimated they had vaccinated 3000 peopled. Today was the first of two flu clinics. There will be another next Wednesday, November 4th. It will run from 8:00am to 9:00pm, at the Bangor Civic Center.