Delays in Shipment of Flu Vaccines Has Some Health Department Running Low

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Considered to be at high risk for the flu, Mary Lou Parramore says she never misses out on getting her shot.

“You won't get the flu. I've never had it, but I think it's really bad to have and I am glad that I was able to come and get the shot."

Parramore and other high-risk individuals have been receiving flu shots from Georgia's South Health District since October 3, but with vaccinations opening to the general public this coming Monday, the district says some health departments’ supplies are low because shipments from manufacturers are delayed.

Nurses at the Thomas County Health Department, though, say they don't anticipate any problems.

Public Health Nurse Suzanne Redding says, "Our vaccines have kind of come in batches this year, and we have three-fourths of our shipment here and we have one more batch to come, so we should have enough for everyone that needs one."

The director of Georgia's South Health District says those in need will still get the vaccine, and says she still expects to receive the original order in its entirety.

For information on flu vaccines in your area, contact your local health department.

In Leon County, officials with the Health Department say they are also experiencing a shortage and won't be offering immunizations until next Thursday, but say individuals can check with their personal physicians.