High Demand for Flu Vaccine in Bay County

Since the flu season began the Bay County Health Department has administered 459 flu shots to adults, 100 to children 3 and older and 29 to infants and toddlers.
Because of this, they have to order more of the vaccination.
While the local supply is in-demand, there is plenty of vaccine nationwide.
"Right now, what we have in stock is mostly adult vaccine. We do have some for children 6-35 months and are in the process of ordering the vaccine for children," said Tracy Adams, the clinic nursing supervisor at the health department.
They expect the new shipment to be in early next week, but maintaining the proper inventory can be tricky.
"You want to purchase a little bit more to allow for growth, but you don't want to purchase where you have a lot of spoiled vaccine or you're taking it away from another community who can use it," Adams said.
If the health department is out of the vaccine you need, local pharmacies and your family physician can administer the shots.
In the meantime, there are things you can do to improve your chances against contracting the flu.
-Wash your hands as often as possible.
-Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
-Avoid touching your mouth and nose.
-If you get sick, stay home.


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