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New Flu Vaccine Guidelines In Effect; Lubbock Supply Remains Low

New flu vaccine guidelines are now in effect across the state. And the number of people eligible to receive the flu vaccine in Texas is expanded.

"If you live in a home with a child that is high-risk then you can now get the flu shot because it's now available to you," explains registered nurse at West Texas Pediatrics Daina Lozano.

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In fact three groups are now able to receive the vaccine.

  • Texas health officials say people 50 and older
  • Out-of-home caregivers for the high-risk
  • and household contacts of those at high risk are now eligible and encouraged to get vaccinated.

Even though you may be eligible to receive the flu shot, you may still have trouble getting one. "We've just received our shipment in the middle of November from the state and we only received about 150 doses," says Lozano.

She adds the clinic has only administered about 30 doses, in fact, they have seen no cases of the flu this season. "It's been slow, it's been quiet. We haven't had, we haven't seen much flu yet," she explains.

Though the clinic will be giving vaccines through early spring, Lozano estimates those who haven't had the flu shot will likely not receive it. "With the flu season just now approaching, they're probably just going to wait it out and probably not going to get the flu shot," says Lozano.

Even though Lubbock hasn't seen very many cases of the flu, the worst may be yet to come. In Texas, the peak is between January and February. If you want to get vaccinated, call your doctor.

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