Hundreds Turn Out for Flu Shots

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

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skylar, westgate's gymnasium was a revolving door today as people popped in an out to get their seasonal flu shot.
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By noon Wednesday, more than 500 people rolled up their sleeve and made a quick squint for a hopefully healthy flu season.

"We hope to have an increase number of our Alabamians receive the flu vaccine through whatever source is available so that we have decreased numbers of flu cases in Alabama and the complications that come with the flu," said Charlotte Gilmore with the Department of Public Health.

This year, more than 10,000 vaccines are available for 8 Wiregrass counties.

Health officials say each year the makeup of the flu vaccine changes due to various strands that continually change through time.

"The flu vaccine is made fresh or made brand new every spring, in the early part of the year, just like last year, it's the three worst viruses that are anticipated for the fall for the flu season, the upcoming flu season,” said Gilmore.

Last year concern grew about whether there were enough vaccines to go around.

Health officials say there is no need to worry about that this year.

And as for a surprise outbreak like we had last year with H1N1 officials say there's no way to tell.

"I guess there is always the potential for a possibility for something new to arrive on the scene such as it did last year in April of 2009 with the H1N1or Swine flu as it was called," said Gilmore.

Health officials say the best way to prevent any type of flu is to get the flu shot.

A common misconception about it of course is getting sick but officials say it takes 2 weeks for your antibody level to actually prevent you from getting sick.

In that grey area is where people could have the potential of picking something up.

For residents in Coffee County a flu clinic will be held Thursday from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Enterprise Recreation Center.

The cost is 5 dollars.

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