No cost flu shots to be offered while supplies last

No cost flu shots to be offered while supplies last

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says deaths caused by the flu have reached 128 since the start of the season.

Hensley said 143 flu shots have been given at the health department alone this year and do not reflect those vaccinations given at other healthcare facilities such as doctor's offices and clinics. Flu shots are available at the following DOH- Sarasota locations: William H. Little Health and Human Services Center, 2200 Ringling Blvd., the North Port Health Center, 6950 Outreach Way and the Health in Motion, Mobil Unit.

Officials ask that you wear short of loose-fitting sleeves and bring your private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare card if you have one.

Influenza isn't a reportable communicable disease, but health departments can monitor the level of flu activity by the number of emergency room and convenient care visits tied to flu-like illness. The numbers on the effectiveness of the shot among Americans, released Thursday, reveal that for older children and adults, the vaccine is 25 percent effective against H3N2.

Eight people in Champaign County have died from the flu this year, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The flu season normally runs October through May. They also stated they are now seeing an uptick in the H1N1 and influenza B viruses. The length of time needed to develop a more effective vaccine usually takes longer than the actual period of the flu.


A flu shot is encouraged for anyone over the age of 6 months who hasn't been immunized.

Contain germs by avoiding people who are sick.

Still haven't gotten your flu shot?

Nationally, this flu season arrived stronger than projected, according to federal health officials.

DHEC said almost 18,400 people tested positive for flu between February 4 and February 10. All three had underlying medical issues.

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