No Swine Lines This Weekend

Triumph for common sense over H1N1 mania

By Owen Thomas
|  Friday, Dec 11, 2009  |  Updated 6:15 AM PDT
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No Swine Lines This Weekend

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Empty vials of H1N1 vaccine sit on a table during a drive thru H1N1 vaccination clinic at Doctor's Medical Center November 5, 2009 in San Pablo, California. Shortages are now easing.

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In recent months, crowds have lined up at H1N1 vaccination clinics in Silicon Valley as early as 3:30 a.m.

No longer: Santa Clara County's Public Health Department is banning the practice.

The parking lot at the county fairgrounds will be closed until 7 a.m., and swine-flu lines won't be allowed to form.

A good thing: The weather outside will be frightful. And allowing people stand in the cold and rain doesn't seem conducive to public health.

Not that it was ever a good idea. But shortages of vaccine have prompted even more desperate behavior. (In France, they rioted -- but don't the French riot about everything?)

Those shortages are now easing, even as cases of swine flu are expected to rise in California.

The clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 344 Tully Road in San Jose. Other vaccination clinics are taking place at Valley Health Center locations in East San Jose, Gilroy, Moorpark, and Sunnyvale this weekend.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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