Richmond County distributing more flu shots on Tuesday

The Richmond County Health Department will be distributing on Tuesday more vaccine against the novel influenza A H1N1 virus.

The vaccine will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the health department’s Administration section at 1916 North Leg Road, Building D. The vaccine is for anyone ages 6 months or older. Children under the age of 10 will likely need a second shot within a month. The vaccine is free but those on Medicaid, Medicare or the State Health Benefit Plan are asked to bring their cards with them.

Aiken County Health Department will distribute the vaccine by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 at the health department, 828 Richland Ave. West. Call 1-800-450-1687 or (803) 642-7543

Flu activity continued to decline in the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with only 11 states reporting widespread flu activity for the week ending Dec. 12, down from 14 the previous week. Both Georgia and South Carolina are reporting regional activity, the next lowest level. Georgia reported eight hospitalizations and one death for the week ending Dec. 15, its latest report. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 24 hospitalizations but no deaths in the week ending Dec. 12. Both states have seen 40 confirmed deaths from the new virus.

Flu experts are split on whether there will be another wave of illness after the first of the year, as has happened in past pandemics, so health officials are still urging people to get vaccinated against the novel virus.

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