Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
December 12, 2003
Lee County-- If you haven't gotten your flu shot, you are out of luck. Southwest Georgia District Health Director Paul Newell says, "It looks like we are just going to run out this year." People are scrambling to find the few remaining doses in South Georgia.
The flu has hit all 50 states, and the season has not yet peaked. People are lined up in some cities, waiting three hours to get shots. But, the vaccine is running out everywhere. Health departments are crowded and some doctor's offices are turning away people.
Lavonda Waters is one lucky mom, "I'm lucky she is able to get the flu shot and protect her against it." Six-month-old Rashida doesn't feel so lucky, though. She doesn't particularly like getting the flu shot. But, what she doesn't know is that she is one of the fortunate few to get one.
Dr. Newell says, "I think that some of the county health departments have a few doses left, but they have been disappearing fairly rapidly."
Southwest Georgia's District Health Director says when the flu vaccine runs out, that's it. Right now, health department waiting rooms like the one in Lee County simply aren't packed with people looking for shots. That's because the remaining supplies have already been allocated, "So, priorities? Now people over 65. Up until a couple days ago we were saying people 50 and older, but again as supplies have shrunk we've had to restrict the supply of vaccine."
Also the very young--like Rashida--are considered flu shot priorities, and those at high risk.
Waters says, "Well, I would much rather be safe then sorry." Rashida's mom is happy she got her daughter the flu shot just in time.
More than 100,000 adult doses of the flu vaccine will be rushed across the country to combat widespread shortages. An additional 150,000 flu shots for children will be sent to the states by January. Southwest Georgia will likely get only a handful of those extra supplies.