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Swine flu vaccine makes its way to some area college students

The swine flu vaccine continues to slowly trickle into college campuses in the area. Today and tomorrow UNC Charlotte has scheduled flu vaccinations for all students. WFAE's Simone Orendain reports. The Centers for Disease Control has labeled college aged people as one of the higher risk groups for the H1N1 flu. And now it's their turn to receive the vaccination- if it's available. UNC Charlotte has so far received 4,100 doses and already started giving it to so-called "priority students." Those are students at high risk for flu complications and students in health sciences that have direct contact with patients. UNC Charlotte Student Health Medical Director Robert Jones says this isn't the full order but it's a start. "Our expectation is we will get shipments every week or two throughout the season and we'll roll through. So my hope is that by the end of the season- by the time different shipments have come through, that we will have had enough to vaccinate anyone who wants to be vaccinated," says Jones. From the looks of it, UNC Charlotte is in better shape than Winthrop University in Rock Hill. A Winthrop spokeswoman says they haven't yet received any. Davidson College has received close to a third of its order. While Queens University of Charlotte says it has its hands on only a small number of doses. None of the schools know when the rest of their orders will arrive. Mecklenburg County last week was down to about 1,200 doses. It shared some of its stock of 8,000 with area schools.