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Hundreds Turn Out For Cough Clinic
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The first of what could be a few immunization clinics in Escalon went well on Thursday, with an estimated 200 residents vaccinated against whooping cough.

And while there may have been a couple hundred shots given, about a hundred more people were turned away toward the end of the clinic because there was no more vaccine.

Escalon Unified School District Nurse Cassie Micheletti said basing the amount of vaccine on past clinics throughout the county, a couple of hundred doses were brought to the Escalon clinic. But more residents showed up here than were anticipated.

"They haven't been getting great numbers," Micheletti said of San Joaquin County Public Health officials of clinics staged elsewhere.

In Escalon, however, the people did show up, with the clinic offered from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, staged in the auditorium at Escalon High School.

Overall, Micheletti said she was pleased with the turnout but said given the crush of people, it would have been better if there had been a few more personnel there to administer the shots. There was a bit of a wait, she noted.

"We're going to try to get a flu shot clinic, maybe in October, and we're just waiting for the green light from Public Health to do another whooping cough clinic," Micheletti explained.

The flu shot clinic would include a vaccination to fight three types of flu, two strains of the regular flu and one H1N1 component.

Whooping cough is making a comeback this season, and Micheletti warned that it could have more of a health impact than the H1N1 flu virus did last year. Through vaccination clinics, however, residents can help limit the spread of the disease and by attending the flu clinic when it is scheduled, also protect themselves and their family against the seasonal flu illness.