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Broome Flu Vaccine Supplies OK

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Broome County health officials aren’t worried about the supply of flu vaccine at the moment.

Although demand for flu shots is high because of widespread influenza activity, supervising public health educator Diane O’Hora says the amount of vaccine locally appears to be adequate.

O’Hora told WNBF News this afternoon she believes the county health department has about 1,000 vaccine doses available, which should be sufficient.

O’Hora noted doctors offices and pharmacies also have vaccine on hand for those who have yet to receive a flu shot.

Another walk-in flu clinic has been scheduled for this week at the Broome County Health Department offices at 225 Front Street in Binghamton.

The clinic is to be held Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Vaccinations will be available for anyone older than six months of age.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday declared a public health emergency because of widespread flu cases across New York state.

An executive order issued by the governor now allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to those between the ages of six months and eighteen years. Normally, New York state pharmacists may give provide vaccinations only to those older than eighteen.

More information about the flu may be found at the Broome County Health Department’s website.


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