October 4, 2005
It affects five to 20 percent of the American population and sometimes its complications can be deadly. It's the flu, and although your body may be able to fight it off, nearly 30,000 people die each year from influenza complications.
Today the Charlottesville Health Department says they are ready to handle anyone who needs or wants the flu vaccination.
If you remember last year there was a scare over whether there would be enough vaccine to go around. As of today, the health department has only received 10 percent of the vaccination, but that shipment is only for those who have chronic illnesses.
The health department says there will be enough vaccine for any who wants it, so there is no need to worry if you aren't high risk.
"The good news is that there should be plenty of vaccine for people who want to receive the shot this year," said Debra Childs of the Charlottesville Health Department. "The vaccine will become gradually available from now and the end of November."
This year the health department will have stricker rules as to who receives the flu vaccine. The vaccination will be given to those with chronic illnesses only, this Thursday, Oct. 6 from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.