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Still time to get vaccinated for flu

Georgia reported its first case of lab-confirmed flu last week, but it's still not too late to get a vaccine - if one can be found.

According to Virginia Bradshaw, director of the McDuffie County Health Department, there are no more flu vaccines available for adults at the health department, but she still has vaccines for children.

"I just gave my last one," Ms. Bradshaw said Friday. "I've only had them dribble in one every other day for weeks. We are out."

Ms. Bradshaw said she received a report from the state division of public health that there has been one confirmed flu case in Georgia, "but it was not here, it was somewhere else in the state, and I believe it was a child."

The health department has not given too many shots to children or infants this year, according to Mrs. Bradshaw.

"The infant group, from six months to three years, is one of the higher risk groups, and we've not given very much of that this year-people need to realize that those children are at a high risk," she said.

Mrs. Bradshaw said McDuffie has given 1,250 doses of the vaccine this year during clinics held in October and November.

McDuffie Medical Associates still has shots left, but because of the shortage, they are available only to established patients of the practice, according to Sandy Peebles, medical records clerk at McDuffie Medical Associates.

"If they are already a patient, they can just call and set up an appointment," Ms. Peebles said.

For parents interested in getting flu shots for their children, the cost is $20 or the shot is covered by Medicaid or PeachCare. For more information, call the health department at 595-1740.



Web posted on Thursday, December 29, 2005











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