Flu Shots Coming, Slowly But Surely

The search for the flu shot in Texas may soon end for some. The Northeast Texas Public Health District met with local hospitals and state health department workers today to discuss new developments with the shortage.

In the meeting they discussed when vaccines might get here and how many we can expect. Unfortunately, they were not able to come up with a firm date or number.

There are some places in East Texas that have gotten the shots-- local nursing homes and some private physicians participating in the Vaccines for Children program. Those physician's shots are available only to 3 to 18 year olds.

Also in the meeting, health officials talked about how to handle a flu-outbreak. So far, only a few isolated cases have been reported state-wide and local health officials say they will be the first to know if any outbreaks occur.

"There is a state wide Health Alert Network and it hooks into a Federal Health Network, so if there is a problem, somewhere in the US there is a mechanism to get that word to others in the network. Also in the network is local hospitals, private providers, clinics, nursing homes and so forth," says Nick Sciarrini, Director of the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

Sciarrini also tells people to keep an eye on the local media, that is how they plan to let people know when they get vaccines. I

If you want to look up some web sites with helpful information about shot availability go to www.kltv.com and click on the Know More on 7 icon, then hit the "Flu Shot" link.

Reporting: Braid Sharp bsharp@kltv.com