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Flu shots may be harder to get

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 16, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It may be harder to get a flu shot this year. Several of the large pharmacy chains in Georgia will require customers to have a prescription from their doctor before they can get the shot.

The change came after Georgia's Board of Pharmacy classified the flu vaccine as a dangerous drug. Previously no prescription was needed. Many pharmacist say that's proven to be very safe.

"With any shot you could have some reaction. The most common being a rash or some swelling at the injection site. But with as many flu shots that are given, it's a very low percentage of people who actually have a reaction," said pharmacist, Celia Taylor.

Celia Taylor says it's important for many people to get a flu shot. And she opposes anything that could reduce the number of people who get vaccinated.

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