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Many Rush To Health Departments For Flu Shots

Posted January 3, 2005 4:17 a.m. EST

— Flu shot guidelines were officially lowered Monday, creating a madhouse at some health departments.

In Raleigh, the Wake County Health Department is accepting reservations for the flu shots. The new guidelines allow for people over 50 to get the shot. Before, the age restriction was those who were 65 years of age and older.

"The phones have been ringing off the hook this morning, making appointments," Wake County health director Gibbie Harris said.

Wake County has 3,000 doses available right now. Appointments with the health department are already booked through late next week.

The county is expecting another shipment of vaccine sometime in January, but Harris does not know how many the county will get. If you do not want to make an appointment, the health department in Raleigh will hold a walk-in clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.