Seasonal flu shots in short supply

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, October 21, 2009

EVANS, Ga.---Tracking down a location to even get the seasonal flu is almost like finding a needle in a haystack these days, but there are still places.

On Belair Road sits one of the few locations that still has the seasonal flu vaccine. Prompt Care in Evans has a supply--lucky for Sheila Manuel and her son Marcus.

"It's my son's first time getting one," says Manuel. "I work at the VA Hospital and as soon as it was announced it was available for employees, I got mine there."

If you haven't gotten the shot by no, you're close to waiting even longer. Pharmacies are out, private physicians are out and according to the Columbia County Health Department, there could be a slight delay in the next shipment of seasonal vaccines as well as the H1N1 vaccine. More people are getting the shots this year than in the past, so the demand is higher.

"I would expect everybody has decided that this year of all years, is the one to get out there and get a shot," adds Manuel. "Any type of protection you have any type of prevention that you can do before to provide for your body is going to be better than taking a risk or taking a chance that you're going to get it and not have anything in your system."

The good news is that there's still a few locations in the Augusta that may have the seasonal flu vaccine. But it is not going to last forever and at any given moment a health care facility could run out.

Sheila's son Marcus walked out smiling after his shot. He says he's not worried about getting sick.

"Just quick, easy and painless," says Marcus. "I'm fine. It's a good idea to get a shot and to help make sure you prevent getting the flu. "

News 12 talked to Linda Graves, the Nurse Manager for the Columbia County Health Department, and she says this is what you need to know about the H1N1 vaccines:

There are limited does of the flu nasal spray vaccine at the health department available now. Here's who can get it:

--Children through the ages of 25
--Caregivers of children under 6 months
--Health care workers 49 and under

For more information, call your local health department.


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