Health department sees double the amount of patients for flu shots

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Houston County Health Department stayed busy all day with walk-ins, more than double from what they saw the day before. Administrator Corey Kirkland believes the warmer weather played a big part in getting people to the center.

The shots were free and no appointment was necessary. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 20 pediatric deaths due to the flu have been reported nationwide, including a third grade girl from Montgomery, Alabama.

Kirkland says the emergency rooms have slowed down a bit. But remember, it takes your body a couple weeks to build immunity to the shot, so the sooner, the better.

"A flu shot is the best defense. It's the easiest thing you can do and the least expensive. It does help protect yourself, your family, coworkers and school mates,” said Kirkland.

Kirkland recommends getting a flu shot is before the holidays, usually around October. The Health Department says they’ll have updated numbers from State Department of Public Health Monday.
They'll then determine if they need flu clinics next week.

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