Local health officials said there have been 15 deaths and a high level of hospitalizations related to the flu.
Sentara family medicine and internal medicine practices have the vaccines for $75 out of pocket, but individuals without insurance can get the shot for $37.50, according to Sentara spokeswoman Kelsea Smith. "Ask for a mask when visiting the hospitals and staff will be glad to provide one for you".
"We think flu season will run for several more weeks", Safranek said.
And while the CDC believes there is enough supply of flu-fighting antiviral drugs to cover the country's needs, some areas where there's been a lot of people getting sick are running low. It is also more hard to vaccinate against; some estimates indicate this year's shot may only be 10 percent effective. Therefore, in any given year, what dictates the overall effectiveness of the flu in any given person are a combination of the age of the patient and their overall health, especially as it pertains to their immune system. They're asking patients to call them first because doctors may be able to treat them at home and patients can save some energy.
So far this season, there have been 12 deaths in Nebraska and 14 in Iowa from influenza.
Athens-Limestone Hospital has issued an advisory asking people not to visit the hospital if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald said the flu is severe and widespread, starting in early October and making its way across the continental United States.
The shots will be distributed on a first-come basis, while supplies last, at its community clinics, officials said.
- This flu season is off to an intense start.
"Influenza B typically affects younger people", explains Kendall.
Washoe County health officials have confirmed two more flu-related deaths.
Flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, but remains the best way to prevent illness and flu complications, including those that can lead to hospitalization.
According to the CDC, there has been a jump in hospitalizations in young children and people over 50.