updated 10/26/2004 1:02:28 PM ET 2004-10-26T17:02:28

Hundreds of Medicare patients rolled down their windows and rolled up their sleeves Monday to get a flu shot while sitting in their cars at a drive-through clinic.

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Magnolia Hospital inoculated more than 370 people in about 90 minutes in the hospital parking lot, and traffic backed up as people showed up early for the limited number of shots.

The first patient arrived five hours before the temporary drive-through clinic opened. More than 100 shots were administered in the first half hour; when the supply ran out, a line of cars still stretched down the street.

“People have been nice, they’ve been patient, understanding and cooperative,” said hospital administrator Kirk Reamey.

Local health units were expecting to receive additional doses around the first week of November, officials said.

The U.S. supply of flu vaccines was nearly cut in half earlier this month when regulators shut Chiron Corp.’s labs in Liverpool, England.

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