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Doctors say the flu is still a threat

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - This year the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination have been combined into one. After last year's outbreak, doctors assumed people would be waiting in line for the shot.  But it turns out, half of Americans are saying they don't plan on getting the flu shot.

"If you don't have enough of the vaccine everyone wants it. If you do have it, then no one wants it," says Dr. Marino, a Charleston-area physician.

Marino says an outbreak could easily happen again.

"For people to prevent an outbreak we really need for them to get vaccinated. We have them available now. The right time to get it is right now," Marino said.

Doctors advise that no matter how healthy you are to go ahead and get the shot. Flu shots on average cost around $30. 

Marino says that right now there isn't a shortage of vaccinations, but if an outbreak happens we could see a repeat of last year.

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