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More than 100 line up for flu shots

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About 125 people lined up Tuesday at the Bartholomew County Health Department, looking for a way to stop fevers, chills and sweats before they start.

"The young are very susceptible" to the flu, said Carla Wolff, assistant director of the nursing division of the Bartholomew County Health Department.

Additionally, "If you're an older person, you want to get (the shot)," she said.

Wolff suggests people see a doctor if they believe they have the flu, which seems about even with past years in aggressiveness.

The flu shots come in various forms and strengths for different ages:

  • Traditional vaccine for ages 6 months and older.
  • Intradermal vaccine with shorter needles for ages 18 through 65.
  • Nasal spray vaccine for ages 2 through 49.

Wolff maintains that getting a flu shot each year is the best way to avoid getting the virus. She said children 8 years and younger receiving the vaccine for the first time typically get the shot twice during their first year. Flu shots take about two weeks before they reach their full effectiveness.

For more information, call the health department at 379-1555, Option 1.

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