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Fairfax, Virginia Expands Swine Flu Vaccine Age Limit

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Fairfax County broadly expanded the target population for the swine flu vaccine after lower than expected turnout at its latest flu clinic.

The county had 12,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine available Saturday for children in ages four to nine as well as children ten to eighteen with certain medical conditions. But by noon, turnout at Fairfax County Government Center was so low that health officials opened the vaccine age limits to include all children between three and eighteen.

That's when scores of families left out of the original target population began to stream in. "It's not just going to be up to 18-years-old," says Jeremy Lasich, a county spokesman. "We'll be able to expand the age range every time we get more vaccine."

Lasich says the county plans more clinics on Tuesday and Thursday for the expanded target population.

Mana Rabiee reports...

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