Flu Vaccine Still Available Across South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/10/03

Flu Vaccine Still Available Across South Plains

As the nation's supply dwindles, clinics have been calling NewsChannel 11 with updated counts on how much vaccine is left and where you can get it, so, here's the latest list for Lubbock.

First at University Medical Center, officials there say they have about 150 flu shots left and they'll be giving those from their mobile unit this Tuesday, December 16th in the UMC parking lot from 11am to 1pm.

In Littlefield, we're told the Prescription Shop and Family Medicine, next door, have about 200 flu shots between them. They do take walk-ins, the shots are $15 and Medicare is accepted.

Meanwhile, health officials and pharmacies are reminding us that flu mist, the nasal spray, is more easily available than the shot.

"Flu mist is a very good option for persons who want the influenza vaccine
who are healthy and who are between 5 and 49 years of age," says Tina Tan, MD, an infectious disease specialist.

A reminder, you do need to be healthy to get flu mist because the nasal vaccine uses a weakened live flu virus, instead of the killed virus you get in the injection. So it may cause a runny nose or sore throat in some people as the virus helps the body build up protection. But because it's a live virus, health officials say flu mist should not be used by pregnant women, children under five, and people with asthma, egg allergies or a weakened immune system.

Flu mist will cost you about $50, but since it is more easily available, the CDC suggests that healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49 ask for the nasal vaccine, so that the few shots remaining can go to those who need it most.

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