As H1N1 vaccines begin to make their way to clinics across the country, Mana Rabiee reports on the first batch distributed in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Families lined up even before the Dennis Avenue Health Center in Silver Spring opened, with some sitting on the cement floor to reserve their places. Nurses explained to parents that their vaccinations will help protect their babies. "We cannot protect the under six months so we need to protect them by doing what we call herd immunity," said one nurse. "Get the herd vaccinated and the one single person won't get ill."
Patient number one was Robin Cohen whose three-month old is too young for the vaccine. "They have cases of H1 at my son's school and there's been confirmed cases at my office so we were especially concerned that my daughter might get infected and might not be able to get the vaccine herself," says Cohen.
By mid-day more than 500 people received the vaccine. The clinic has 2,000 doses left and expects more next week.
Mana Rabiee reports...