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Flu Season is Here, Get Your Flu Shot Now

By: Erika Kurre
By: Erika Kurre

If you haven't received a flu shot yet, it's not too late. Another round of vaccinations is making its way to Alabama. Houston County Health Department officials say almost 3000 will be coming to the Wiregrass.

Health officials consider this time of the year as early in the flu season. Still, southeast Alabama has already seen its share of illness.

"Of course we've had an early outbreak of influenza. And we're still seeing that outbreak sustained, as well as in other counties, such as Mobile and other parts of the state. So it's sort of a regional type outbreak," said Peggy Blakeney of Houston County Health Department.

Houston County started receiving the vaccine in early October and had more than 14,000 doses in the original order.

Because of the manufacturing process of the vaccine, another round is headed our way.

The Houston County Health Department is expecting to receive more than 1100 flu shots on Monday and most of those vaccinations could be used by the end of next week.

However, no shortage is expected.

Health officials always recommend that the high-risk population be first to reiceve the shot, but this year, it's available to everyone.

Most flu shots will be administered next week, starting Monday.

To find clinic schedules for any county in Alabama, log onto the Department of Public Health's Website at www.adph.org.


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