Still time to get your flu shots

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 6, 2002

Anyone who hasn’t received a flu shot can still has time to get it before the peak of flu season hits Hampton Roads next year.

Pat Winter, spokeswoman for the Suffolk Health Department, said the agency has given hundreds of flu shots to residents over the past two months.

But since the flu season tends to hit Hampton Roads hardest in late January and February, the agency will continue making the shots available through at least early next year. It takes approximately two weeks for the vaccine to become effective at thwarting flu bugs.

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Healthcare providers and agencies aren’t experiencing a vaccine shortage this year, Winter said. In years past, short supplies forced the agency to limit the immunizations to people most susceptible to the illness: the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and otherwise weakened immune systems, and healthcare providers.

&uot;I think we are giving the vaccine to all who request it this year,&uot; Winter said. People can get their flu shots at the health department on North Main Street from 2-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; to 6 p.m. Thursday.