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November 15, 2006

Albany -- Health officials make another appeal for you to get a flu shot. They worry millions of vaccines may be thrown out, discouraging manufacturers from making so much in the future.

The Centers for Disease Control reports there is more vaccine than ever this year, with fewer takers.

The southwest Georgia Public Health District is seeing an early flu season with 179 confirmed cases, mostly in Seminole, Decatur, and Miller counties. Several of those cases are in children, including ten hospitalizations.

Director Doctor Jacqueline Grant is surprised more people aren't getting vaccinated, since manufacturers made more vaccine to avoid a shortage.

"The issue is whether they decide to cut back. I really don't foresee that, especially right now. We're talking so much about flu pandemics, and flu outbreaks, and we're concerned," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

About 36,000 Americans die from the flu each year and about 200,000 are hospitalized.

To protect yourself and others you should get a flu shot, wash your hands regularly, and stay at home if you're sick.

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