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Health department temporarily out of vaccine

November 2, 2006

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is temporarily out of flu vaccine. Flu shot clinics scheduled for the rest of this week have been cancelled. The health department expects to get more flu vaccine. Clinic dates and times will be announced when more flu vaccine becomes available.

To date, the health department has already administered more than 1,800 flu shots.

The most effective way to prevent getting the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that although there may be some distribution delays, there will be enough flu vaccine and it is recommended that everyone get their flu shot.

To help prevent the flu:
¢ Wash your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect a person from germs.
¢ Cover coughs or sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
¢ Stay home if sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when sick. It will help prevent others from catching the illness.

For more information, call the health department at 843-0721 or visit the Web site at

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