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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The President's declaration that the H1-N1 virus is a national emergency gives southwest Georgia medical clinics an opportunity to modify the rules on where clinics can be set up.   The main problem is getting the vaccine to administer.

Representatives with the Southwest Georgia Health District say more providers received the H1-N1- vaccine last week, but it was in small doses. They're still encouraging parents to get the flu mist for healthy kids and adults from two to 49.

When more vaccine becomes available, the President's declaration could help. 

"The intent of the declaration is to try and make things easier for other health care providers and hospitals, and groups who might need to establish some special clinics, triage facilities, and other health care sites those kinds of things and allows them to do that because they get a waver or some special modifications on some rules," said Southwest Georgia Health District Asst. Director Brenda Greene. 

More than a thousand people have died nationwide as a result of the H1-N1 virus. Health officials say that's why it's still important to practice good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes and be patient by vigilant about getting a flu shot.

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