WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Federal health officials now estimate that 4,000 or moreAmericans have likely died from the H1N1 virus.
That's four times what they previously thought.
The new estimate includes deaths caused by complications relatedto the swine flu.
In the meantime, hundreds of doses of the vaccine were availablein Erie County Wednesday, which many of us didn't even knowabout.
Frantic parents have been searching for the H1N1 vaccine, butthe doctors who have it are few and far between.
That's why a Clarence mother of three was skeptical when sheheard the vaccine was available.
"I ran into a friend at the grocery store who just had theirkids vaccinated," said Sandy Forrestel.
They got it at Passport Health.
"Never heard of it, didn't know where it was," saidForrestel.
Passport Health on Harris Hill Road provides medical care fortravelers, but they were able to get the vaccine just by orderingit from the state, going through the same process as doctorsoffices.
"So we could put in our order on Tuesday starting at 8:30, so wegot on the phone and redial, redial, redial, until we could placeour order," said Passport Health Executive Director JoannaDaeschner.
They were able to receive a few hundred doses, and held a clinicfor all at-risk candidates.
Daeschner said, "Pregnant women, caregivers of infants undersix months, children six months through 24 years of age."
Little Thomas certainly fits into that category, and he's alsoconsidered high risk because he has asthma.
Around 400 vaccines were administered Wednesday, people simplywalked in the door and paid $20, high risk patients only.
"We take people at their word and do a history, the nurse willsit and do a history," said Daeschner.
Sandy was just glad that she heard about the clinic.
"I was going from nervous to basically paranoid," saidForrestel. "I feel a lot better, I feel like a large weight hasbeen lifted off my shoulders."
Passport Health will be holding another clinic on Friday atHealth System Services in Niagara Falls. It'll be from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. and they'll expect to vaccinate about 800 people.
You can show up if you fit in the high risk category.
They ask that people not show up early to stand in line, sincethey'll be given a number when they get there anyway, they'll giveout the vaccine until it's gone.
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