Houston County Health Dept hosts clinic for flu shots

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DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) -- If you're like most of us, you've either called in sick for the flu or have seen a few of your friends come down with it.

With the virus widespread across 46 states, dozens have died including at least 20 children.

And for a few hours today, people could get free shots in Dothan.

The Houston County Department of Health tried to put a stop to that by hosting a public health clinic, where people can come and get a flu shot with no problem.

The cold weather made a dent, as Corey Kirkland of the Alabama Department of Public Health says:
"With the weather, we had a little, you know had to wait a little bit, just trying to move vaccine around so that we could have them. So, delayed us having them a little bit, I'm sure with the children, the elderly, and the roads in the condition they were, they would make it difficult to come in."

Kirkland also says that the shot gives people peace of mind because, "Well we can see flu right on up through April, a lot of years. We may not see a lot of it, but it can last that long. So it's not too late to get that flu shot, it's the best defense you have"

While washing your hands thoroughly will help, Kirkland says that the flu shot is still your best chance to avoid being sick if you haven't gotten the flu already.

The clinic will be re-open Friday January 19th from 8 to 11 A.M. and from 1 to 5 P.M. No appointment is needed and flu shots will be given on a first come, first served basis.