Originally created 12/16/05

Area gets another shot at flu vaccines



Those wanting to get a flu shot before the holidays could be in luck today. Both Columbia County Health Department and a south Augusta pharmacy said they have supplies of flu vaccine.

The health department will conduct a walk-in clinic from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at its Evans clinic, 616 Government Center Way. The shots are intended for people 6 months of age and older.

The cost is $20. The charge is covered by Medicaid and Medicare, and those patients need to bring their cards with them to the clinic.

The health department has about 100 shots available.

Barney's Pharmacy, 2604 Peach Orchard Road, also got a supply of vaccine in this week, pharmacist David Pope said.

While there was a rush on the shots earlier in the week, demand has since tapered off, he said.

The pharmacy is asking patients to call for appointments and plans to give out the shots between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday until the supply is exhausted. Barney's also has about 100 shots left.

Though there had been optimistic predictions of an adequate supply of flu shots this year, with a third company producing the vaccine, problems and delays slowed some of the distribution.

Many physician practices complained that they received only a portion of their orders and were unable to vaccinate their patients.

The concern about an inequitable distribution, particularly to physicians, has prompted the American Medical Association to raise the issue next month with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during their annual Flu Summit in Atlanta.

Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.

For shots



The Columbia County Health Department will hold a walk-in flu shot clinic today at its Evans office, 616 Government Center Way, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.Barney's Pharmacy, 2604 Peach Orchard Road, is also offering shots. For an appointment, call (706) 798-5645.