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December 16, 2004

Albany-- South Georgians at high-risk for the flu can now get a flu shot after months of a national shortage.

The Southwest Georgia Health District recently received 2,800 doses of the vaccine. It's the licensed one from Aventis-- not the unlicensed vaccine the government bought from Germany.

Health departments must give them to high-risk people first, including infants and the elderly. "Healthy people can get over the flu even though they're really miserable, but these persons with high-risk criteria are really at risk for bad outcomes," said Deputy Health Director Dr. Ann Addison.

Health Department officials also say even more vaccine is available and additional supplies will come to South Georgia.

posted at 4:25PM by dave.miller@walb.com