More flu shots coming to Shelby County

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Elderly and at-risk Shelby County residents got another opportunity to receive a flu shot this week. Shelby County received an additional 1,900 vaccinations from the Alabama Department of Public Health this week.

The shots were administered Tuesday and Wednesday at Westwood Baptist Church on Thompson Road in Alabaster. The Shelby County Health Department administered the vaccines from 8 a.m. through midday.

Residents with last names beginning in A-K received shots on Tuesday. Names beginning in L-Z received shots Wednesday.

The vaccinations were first prioritized to residents and caregivers in long-term facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other homebound patients in an effort to prevent hospitalization and deaths in the state.

In October, the county vaccinated about 1,430 citizens during a vaccination program provided by the state. Alabama can expect to receive about 82,000 more doses before Christmas. The additional doses are being made available to the private sector in an effort to compensate for the loss of Chiron vaccine