WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Health Department (MCHD) has a limited supply of flu shots available.
Cathy Headen, Director of the MCHD, said that her office is now giving the flu vaccines on Tuesday and Friday of each week. The office time for the flu shots is between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The MCHD office is located on the second floor of the Memorial Building on Logan Street in downtown Williamson.
Headen said that if persons have insurance, they should probably get their flu shots from their private physician or at one of the drug stores.
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.
CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, if possible by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, according to the CDC web site.
Flu vaccine is produced by private manufacturers, so supply depends on manufacturers. For this season, manufacturers have projected they will provide between 171 to 179 million doses of vaccine for the U.S. market. Projections may change as the season progresses, stated the CDC.
The CDC said It is not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)