OGDEN -- Large-scale H1N1 vaccination clinics are tapering off, but that doesn't mean residents should forget about flu prevention and vaccination.
Weber-Morgan Health Department is holding its last mass vaccination clinic on Tuesday and Dec. 30 at Weber County Fairgrounds, 1000 N. 1200 West.
Davis County Health Department will hold a clinic Tuesday, but it also is looking at when to stop mass clinics, said spokesman Bob Ballew. For now the schedule into the new year is tentative, he said, and residents should check www.daviscountyutah.gov/flu for information.
Lori Buttars, Weber-Morgan spokeswoman, said the health department is trying to create smaller clinics targeting specific risk groups. The vaccine still will be available by appointment at the health department.
Ballew said even though numbers at Davis County clinics have been decreasing, they are still giving thousands of doses at each mass clinic, so Davis Health Department will probably continue the clinics at least a few weeks into 2010.
Health department signs and news stories have helped keep people aware, he said.
"And this person called Mom referred a lot of people to us," he said, laughing. "Mom, whoever she is, sent a lot of people here."
Just because the second H1N1 wave has started slowing down is no reason to stop being careful, Buttars said.
"It's important that people take advantage of this lull. The virus appeared in the spring, which is outside of the traditional flu season, so we don't know what will happen. We encourage people to come get vaccinated now and stay ahead of a possible third wave," Buttars said. "No matter what, we'll have elevated levels of H1N1 among us for two years."
Waves of the disease are common among pandemic strains, said Lewis Garrett, Davis County Health Department director.
Several of the pandemic strains from the last century have had third waves, so with a resurgence as a distinct possibility and an effective vaccine available, Garrett encourages his family and the public to get vaccinated if they have not already.
High demand and low supply of vaccine was the largest challenge the health department faced, Garrett said. Employees were prepared to do 1,000 vaccinations an hour, but the supply wasn't there to meet that goal.
Given the circumstances, he said, health departments around the state did a good job of handling the vaccination process.
At a Weber-Morgan Pandemic Influenza Task Force meeting, Weber-Morgan Director Gary House said it was very difficult to plan when the situation surrounding demand and vaccine supply was changing weekly.
Davis, Bear River and Weber-Morgan health departments all have opened H1N1 vaccinations to the general public.