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After Flu Death Reported, Flu Shots Vaccinations Increase in Triad

6:42 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The demand for flu shots in the Triad is increasing.

The Guilford County Health Department gave twice as many flu shots Wednesday as they normally do - and they have appointments scheduled for the rest of the week.

In Forsyth County, 2,000 more flu shots have been given so far this year over the same time last year.

One of the big reasons experts give for the increase -- fear.

They say once people hear how common and dangerous the flu is, they're ready to roll up their sleeve. 

"There are enough people coming in and I'm pretty sure after the news from yesterday, a lot more people are going to be coming in. The general message is, everybody needs to get a flu shot. Everbody," said Jamie Rose, Registered Nurse, Guilford County Health Department. 

Three people have died in North Carolina in the past two weeks because of the flu.

READ: DHHS: Flu Kills 3 in NC

One of those deaths happened in the Triad.

Flu season typically peaks in January and February. That means there is still time to get vaccinated.

Local health departments offer the flu vaccine. Guilford and Alamance Counties are by appointment only. In Forsyth County, you can walk-in and get one.

The vaccine is also available at drug stores, walk-in clinics, and your doctor's office.

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Most insurance providers cover the vaccine. If not, you can expect to pay about $30 for the shot.

Most people will be a vaccine that protects against 4 strains of the virus.

Jamie Rose works for the Guilford County Health Department and says one of the biggest misconceptions about the vaccine is that it causes the flu. 

"It's not live like your measles, mumps, rubella introduces a little bit of that virus so your body can build up the immunity. It's already a killed vaccine so it only takes 2 weeks for your body to build up your immunity to it," explained Rose.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has supplied 450,000 doses of the flu vaccine to different health centers across the state. 

Nationwide- the CDC expects 140 million doses of the vaccine to be produced this season.

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