Health Dept. continues to encourage people to get flu vaccines

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County health officials are continuing to encourage people to get vaccinated against the flu.

This week marked National Influenza Vaccination Week, where health professionals urged the community to get vaccinated against both H1N1 and the seasonal flu.

To help, the Federal government has paid for all doses of the H1N1 shot and people can get them free of charge.

The New Hanover County Health Department has already given out more than 30,000 flu vaccines this season, but say everyone should get vaccinated.

"We don't want people to get complacent because the flu rates seem to be down now, and because they think that it's too late, but it's not," says Janet McCumbee with the Health Department. "We want them to get their flu shots to protect them, knowing that even last May that we had H1N1. So, don't think flu season is over."

The Health Department is open Monday through Friday. You can walk in anytime, or call ahead to make an appointment.

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