Flu vaccine in high demand

School-age children hit hardest among 15,634 Missouri cases

Donna Seidel, RN, administers a flu shot to Donna Hildebrand on Wednesday at the Cole County Health Department. It just received a new supply of the flu vaccine and were dispensing them as needed.

Donna Seidel, RN, administers a flu shot to Donna Hildebrand on Wednesday at the Cole County Health Department. It just received a new supply of the flu vaccine and were dispensing them as needed. Photo by Julie Smith.

The influenza vaccine is in high demand in Cole County, as well as across the state and the country.

Many pharmacies and physicians in the area have run out of the vaccine, but the Cole County Health Department replenished its supply Tuesday.

“It’s great that people are following recommendations and taking the flu shot,” said Sameer Gopalani, epidemiology specialist and public health emergency planner with the Cole County Health Department.

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