One county in the northeast has decided on a fair way to give flu shots, without the risk of older or ill patients standing in line for hours. In Maryland's Montgomery County, they're using a lottery system. Since they have just 800 shots, 800 names will be drawn electronically.
"We're screening each person. They do need to give their name, contact information, and whether or not they fall into one of the priority groups that CDC has established," says Dr. Ulder Tillman, Montgomery County Health Director.
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The Lubbock Health Department is out of vaccines but more are coming in January. So far, there's been no talk of distributing those here by a lottery system.