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January 26, 2004

Lee County-- South Georgia Health Departments are not seeing the expected rush of people coming in to get a flu shot.

A new batch of influenza vaccine was distributed last week. Although the flu season is only half-way over, few people seem to want the vaccine.

The Lee County Health Department has only 30 flu vaccine doses to give out and the Director, Randi Burson, says "We waited a really long time to get these shots and I think some of the interest died down."

Surprisingly no flu doses have been administered yet, "Monday morning will be actually the first two people out of this batch that has come in (to get the flu shot)."

Here are the first two people to get a flu shot from the new batch--twins, Jacob and Jesse Middlebrooks. Their mom, Kim, took the boys out of school today to get them the second flu shot they need, "Then on January 6th when they were due for their first booster I called and it wasn't available yet they said just keep calling every week and that's what I did until eventually they were ready and here we are."

Here they are, and for these twins, getting a flu shot is just no big deal. But, for their parents, the flu shot is an important safety measure, "It just is a little bit of extra insurance against the flu and if they do get it won't be as severe."

In less than a few minutes, the worst is over, and the boys are heading back to school. But, Lee County Healthcare is still waiting for more people to call about the shot. Randi Burson says, "We have told people on a weekly basis to call us and see if the flu shot is in. We have sporadic calls during the day just letting them know it will be here."

The flu vaccines are here, but there are only a few to go around. The Southwest Georgia Health District got just under 500 flu shots from this new batch. South Georgia Health Departments are not seeing the expected rush of people coming in to get a flu shot.

Posted at 4:21 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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