Health experts urge flu shots

By A.J. Ross - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – With flu season just around the corner, health experts are urging everyone to get vaccinated this fall.

Pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals all over South Carolina will be administering a new flu vaccine this year that will protect people from both the seasonal flu and swine flu.

"Last year we had two vaccines, one was for the swine flu or H1N1 virus, and you could also get the seasonal vaccine," Dr. Che Jordan, a pharmacist at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, explained.  "But this year they've combined it into one vaccine."

The vaccine will cost on average around $25, but Medicare clients will be exempt. Pharmaceutical chains like CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid are already administering shots, while smaller shops like Ocean Lakes Pharmacy in Surfside Beach are still waiting for shipments to arrive.

"I've ordered a couple hundred flu shots and they will be delivered either mid-September or the end of September," Pharmacist Roddy Williams, the owner of Ocean Lakes Pharmacy, said.  "I have a good many customers coming in here and we'll take their name and put them first on the list when supplies come in."

The Department of Health and Environmental Control and Grand Strand Regional Medical Center are also waiting on flu vaccination shipments to arrive.  Each are expecting close to 7,000 doses to arrive at their facilities over the next couple weeks, and they plan to start performing vaccinations in early October.

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