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October 3, 2005

Albany- Flu season is right around the corner, and now is the time for those at the highest risk of catching the flu to get vaccinated.

 Health departments in the 14-county Southwest Georgia Health District are offering flu shots to high risk groups, such as the elderly and young children.

Frank and Virginia Gossett aren't waiting until flu season arrives to get vaccinated. "We try to get our shots early every year," said Frank Gossett. "We know it's important to for our health," said his wife, Virginia Gossett.

A steady stream of people came to the Dougherty County Health Department today to get flu shots. Today is the first day public health has offered the vaccinations.

Nurse Suzette Profit says, "As soon as they get the news, they usually come out. Up until October 21st, we're doing the high risk people."

For now, only people at high risk of catching the flu can get vaccinated. Those at high risk are people 65 and older, residents of long term care facilities, children 6 to 23 months old, pregnant women, health care personnel who provide direct patient care, daycare workers, and anyone 2-64 years old with more than one disease or serious health condition.

"We get the shot to keep from getting the flu. We know what it's like to get the flu," said Frank.

"Well, we can imagine what it's like," echoed Virginia.

The flu is something we all dread during cold weather, so health officials says go ahead and get vaccinated now so you can enjoy the winter ahead. 36,000 people die from flu related complications each year in America.

The flu vaccine will be made available to everyone October 24. The flu shot is $25 for adults and $14 for children.

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