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Gridlock at Flu Clinic, Cancels Vaccines

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ROYAL OAK, Mich., Oct 10, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Police in Royal Oak, Mich., shut down a flu shot clinic Saturday, after thousands of people converged on it, tying up traffic for miles in all directions.

People started lining up at the Royal Oak Medical Center three hours before the clinic was to open, creating gridlock so bad police closed the clinic until next Saturday so a traffic plan could be developed the Detroit News reported Sunday.

"I want to get my shot now, I don't want to wait," said 5-year-old Michaela Dorflinger, who suffers from asthma. That makes her a member of one of the high-priority groups that should receive the vaccine.

Last week, British health officials unexpectedly closed a factory that was to supply half the U.S. flu vaccine.

The Royal Oak Medical Center will offer 2,000 doses of the vaccine, but 10,000 people are expected next Saturday, officials said.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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