The McDuffie County Health Department is offering flu vaccines to people in several priority categories on Tuesdays this month. Any person within these priority groups wanting the vaccination should call the Health Department at 595-1740.
The priority categories being offered the shots are people over age 65 years with or without comorbid conditions, residents of long-term care facilities, those between two and 64 years old with comorbid conditions, children aged between six and 23 months, pregnant women, health-care personnel who provide direct patient care, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children under six months old.
"We can only offer it to high-risk population until Oct. 24," said Health Department Director Virginia Bradshaw about the decision made by the Centers for Disease Control.
Beginning Oct. 25, the flu vaccine will be offered to the general public every Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. through November. The cost of the vaccine is $20, and those wanting the shots that have Medicare, Medicaid or Peachcare should bring their card.
And unlike last year's flu vaccine shortage, this year there will be enough to go around, according to Mrs. Bradshaw.
"There should be enough for everybody that needs it or wants it," she said. "It's not like it's a big rush to get here and get it."