Flu Shots Available For Those At High Risk

For the last five flu seasons, flu shot shortages and distribution delays made it almost impossible for some East Texans to get their shots. But there's good news tonight for those who are considered high risk. Flu shots will be available starting tomorrow.

East Texans are rolling up their sleeves to get their flu shots. Health district officials say they have enough vaccines to start the flu season. "I believe we will have adequate flu vaccine, we have a number of people who are at high risk and that is our target that's what we are trying to do."

Starting tomorrow the vaccine will be made available to those considered at high risk. Those include; anyone over the age of 65, anyone 2 to 64 years old with chronic illnesses, children 6 to 23 months, pregnant women, caregivers, long term care providers and health care workers.

The Northeast Texas Public Health District staff and retirees were among the first to receive the vaccination. As for the rest of east texas, the health district says there will be enough flu vaccine for anyone who wants the shot.

Retiree Loretta Orr was one who received her flu shot today and hopes others will do the same. She's said, "It's a good safety device in many ways if you don't have the flu then everyone around you..if you have it everyone around you is more susceptible. It cuts down on the spread of the disease."

Loretta says the shot doesn't hurt, and she'd rather get the small sting than come down with the flu.

For those who qualify, flu shots will be available tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for $25- at the Northeast Texas public health district clinic in Tyler. Cherokee county health department also has flu shots available to those at high risk. Flu shots will be available to the public this friday at the Broadway Square Mall, and later this month at the Longview Mall.