November 1, 2005
The flu shot is still your best protection against the virus, and the good news is this year it’s a little easier to get one. News 12 is on your side to explain the changes made to make sure everyone who really should get one, gets a shot.
It’s hard to believe this is the line to get a flu shot.
“Very simple, quick,” said Betty Palmer.
Many coming in Tuesday didn’t have to wait more than 15 minutes. That’s the complete opposite of what happened last year. You’ll remember people waited in line overnight to get their shots.
“We had to wait till January to get one,” said Bonnie Land.
Officials say that’s because they learned from the mistakes last year. This year was the first time they spaced out vaccination dates making sure the high-risk group had their vaccines before everyone else.
“It’s working out smoothly, we did a change and it’s been a big difference I could tell,” said Phyllis Tankersley, Program Assistant for Columbia Co. Health Department.
Waiting in line for hours may not be the issue this year. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll have enough to go around.
“Only 200 left, probably did 80 so far,” Tankersley said.
With one more clinic set up for Wednesday in Columbia County, Phyllis says some may have to wait until they get their next shipment in on November 10.
“We’re running out quick. Everyone wants it, it’s in high demand so as soon as we get it we’re out,” Tankersley said.
Something Bonnie knows a thing or two about.
“My daughter is a doctor in Thomson and they don’t have any, my doctor didn’t have any so we were lucky we heard about it today,” Bonnie Land said.
Lucky, and now armed with the vaccine she hopes will keep her well.
And you can still get a flu shot Wednesday at Grovetown Elementary between 2-4p.m. They cost $20. The county expects to have about 100 or so left for tomorrow, and again, the county will get another shipment in just over a week.