January 21, 2005
N.C. REMOVES RESTRICTIONS FOR GETTING A FLU SHOT
Charlotte, NC - Starting Monday, January 24, the Mecklenburg County Health Department will make flu vaccinations available for all residents. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has relaxed their restrictions on the influenza vaccine due to the over supply of vaccine in some counties. Mecklenburg County has a limited supply of flu vaccinations. Mecklenburg County residents can make an appointment by calling 704-336-6500.
"We are glad to be able to offer the vaccine to all residents and we are especially encouraging children ages 6-23 months to get the shot at this time," said Health Director Dr. Wynn Mabry. "Children are at a high risk and we have adequate supply to inoculate them."
Although there has not been a significant outbreak of influenza in Mecklenburg County or North Carolina, officials are encouraging residents to take this opportunity to get a flu shot while the supply lasts. At this time, the Health Department does not know when new shipments of flu vaccine will come from the State.
The Health Department has already given about 9,000 flu shots through drive-through and on-site flu shot clinics so far this year. Another 8,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed to the two major hospital systems for their physician practices. Vaccine has also been made available to physician practices that are not part of the two hospital systems' networks, as well as extended care facilities, nursing care facilities, and assisted living centers.