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12/9/04-Jacksonville

More Flu Shots Here, East Texans Line Up

More flu shots have arrived and East Texans are lining up. A clinic was held in Jacksonville today and it just wrapped up about an hour ago. But don't worry, another one will be held tomorrow. Thursday's clinic opened at 9:00 a.m., but people started filing in by 8:00 at the Norman Activity Center. The Cherokee County Health Department had 2,700 flu shots to give out.

Coordinator, Tony Dennis moved people through the line efficiently. First they went through screening, then registration, payment and then on to the most important step, vaccination. "I just always get one," says Claxene Jay. "And I really like to have one, so I was a little anxious when I wasn't able to get to it earlier."

Some of the people had waited several months to get their flu shot. One woman put her name on the health department's waiting list and got a call yesterday. "I'm a very bad diabetic," says Loretta Sorensen. "And so the doctor had told me to be sure and get one."

To get a flu shot, you must fall into the following priority groups: Children under 2, seniors 65 and older, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and health care workers who may come in contact with sick people.

The pressing question is, will the health department have enough shots for everyone who needs one? "It just depends on how many are going to come through, but still we hope we're able to meet everybody's needs," says Dennis. "And if we run out, hopefully we'll be able to get some more at some point."

If you missed today, you can still get your flu shot tomorrow. A clinic will be held in Rusk from 9:00-3:00 at the First United Methodist Church at 308 North Henderson Street. The shots are $15 or free if you have Medicare Part B.

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