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1/12/05

Flu Shots Low At Health District

Flu shots are running low at the Northeast Texas Public Health District in Tyler.

The clinic is down to fewer than 20 doses. The Health District says the vaccine may run out by the end of the week. The shots are still limited to people over 50, children under 2, and other high-risk or chronically ill patients.

But there is an alternative for low-risk patients, called FluMist.

"You spray in the nostrils," Dr. Paul McGaha, regional director of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said. "It's for healthy people ages 5 to 49 that can't take the injection or would rather have the spray instead of a shot. You can get them from some doctors' offices, too."

Unlike the flu shot, which contains a dead virus, the FluMist has a live, weakened virus.

Locally, flu season is expected to run until the end of February. Shots are still available at most local hospitals and a few pharmacies, like Good's and stephenson in Tyler.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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