Flu season nearing, vaccines available

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Back-to-school time means flu season is nearing, and there's some good news to report: health officials in Virginia say there will be plenty of flu vaccines to go around this year.

Health officials say in all there are 160 million doses available nationwide. That's enough for everyone who wants a flu shot.

The State Health Department is gearing up for another active flu season. Last year the H1N1 pandemic killed nearly 20,000 people around the world.

State Health Commissioner Karen Remley oversaw the distribution of H1N1 vaccines and tracked the sickness here in Virginia. She said even through the worst of that threat has passed Virginians must continue to be vigilant.

This year, you'll just have to get one shot. Seasonal flu vaccines will protect you from H1N1 and two other emerging flu strains that experts are predicting could be a threat.

Flu shots are already available at most pharmacies including CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. Kroger and Martins stores also have flu shots available.

Health departments throughout the Commonwealth are expecting to have access to vaccines by September 14th.

The CDC recommends everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot, but the people at the highest risk for flu-related illnesses include children younger than 5 years old, adults 65 and older, and pregnant women.

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