(ROBERTSDALE, Ala.) The flu is reaching epidemic proportions nationwide. If you haven't received a flushot already doctors say it is the best way to combat the problem.
Officials in Baldwin County are trying to help those who haven't gotten their shot yet. The Health Department wants to get the word out. It had an average turn out during clinics in October. They want folks to get the shot now.
News that the flu season has peaked early and could and last through March has folks like Denise Daniel not taking any chances. "My sister is a nurse. My first cousin is a doctor and I'm going ok guys you know so I'm going to get it," said Daniel.
So far, there's no widespread outbreak in Alabama or in Baldwin County so it's not too late to get the shot.
"Individuals need to remember that by the time you get the shot till the time your body has developed antibodies is about two weeks, " said David Legett with the Alabama Health Department in Baldwin County. The Health Department is taking walk-in's and there is plenty of flu vaccine.
With that vaccine you've got a 65% chance at fighting the flu.
"Personally I'll take 65% over the possibility of getting the flu and missing a lot of work and feeling terrible for a week or more," said Legett.
In the next two weeks there will be extended hours at the Health Department in Robertsdale, after school and after work. Extended hours are from 4pm to 6:45pm Thursday January 17th and Thursday January 24th.
Shots are $15.00. If you have insurance, bring the information and the Health Department will bill your insurance. In most cases there should be no extra cost.