Government Advises To Not Give Up on Flu Vaccine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/04

Government Advises To Not Give Up on Flu Vaccine

Again there is some concern from the government that people have become complacent about the flu vaccine.

The call for some Americans to skip the shot this year may have been taken seriously by far too many. Instead, the Centers For Disease Control says half the people who really need the vaccine still have not even tried to get it. So now, officials are reminding people it's not too late to get protected.

"If you're in a priority group and you haven't got your shot, don't give up, please check with your clinician or check with your health officials to find out where you can get it," says one health official.

Here at home, the Lubbock Health Department says it has received all the vaccines that it originally budgeted for - 3,000. But those are gone and that's all they're going to get. Instead it's the local doctors offices that are finally getting the vaccines many have been missing this season. So, if your doctor turned you away earlier, he or she may be getting a shipment soon.

If you're a physician in need of a flu vaccine shipment, call the Lubbock Health Department and ask for Becky Brawley. She has been trying to notify local doctors this week to let them know how they can get more vaccines if they need them.

Remember, the flu season peaks in February and continues through March sometimes even April.

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