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No Flu Vaccine Shortage




Michael Oricko, Fulton County health commissioner, said there will be no shortage of the flu vaccine for the 2007- 08 season.

“The vaccine supply is good. We should not have any problems. Last year, we did not receive some of our vaccine due to shortages,” he said.

Each year, the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta look on the far side of the globe and try to determine which three strains of flu virus will be prevalent in the United States.

Mass Clinic

Last year, the Health Department held its first mass vaccination clinic at the Fulton County fairgrounds.

This year, the site of the mass clinic has been moved to St. Caspar’s Catholic Church, Wauseon. The mass clinic is Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Cost is $20; Medicare and Medicaid accepted.

During the mass clinic, Oricko said a drive-thru will be available.

“We tried it last year on a limited basis for people with mobility issues,” he said.

Drive-thru vaccinations are available to persons who have difficulty walking, standing in line, respiratory problems or other physical limitations.

Other Clinics

The Health Department will hold a flu vaccination clinic at the Archbold Community Library, Monday, Nov. 5, from noon to 5:30 pm.

At Fayette, vaccinations will be available in the front room of the Fayette Opera House, Tuesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 5:30 pm.

During October, infants, children, and their parents will be immunized during regularly scheduled immunization clinics every Friday morning from 8:30 am to noon, and on the first and third Thursdays from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 7, flu shots will be available to adults every Monday and Wednesday by appointment during the health department hours, 8:30 am until 4 pm.

In addition to the tradition injection, the FluMist intranasal vaccine will be available at all clinics except the Oct. 18 mass clinic. Cost is $20.

Other Illness

There have been reports of another type of illness afflicting several persons in the area.

Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, headache, and general muscle aches.

While many call it “stomach flu,” it is not a true influenza, which affects the upper respiratory tract.

Oricko said the Health Department has no official data on the illness, other than stories they’ve heard and the experiences of their own employees who have come down with it.

“We’re tracking what’s going on, and there’s nothing in particular,” he said, adding several illnesses have similar symptoms.- David Pugh


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