After announcing that flu season is coming up, and flu vaccinations are so important to combat influenza, now the British manufacturer, Chiron Corporation, has had to halt production of it`s flu vaccine. This has caused some concern for patients and medical professionals here in the United States. Dr. Michael Ramsey, a Pediatrician at Dothan Pediatrics Clinic says, their flu vaccine supply has been cut in half causing major inconvenience to escape the bug. Dr. Ramsey said for example, they were going to include infants 6 months to 2 years old so they had anticipated increasing the supply, but half of that supply has been cut due to production shortages overseas, so the United States is going to be short over 450 million doses of flu vaccine. Dr. Ramsey says the public shouldn`t worry because of the shortage, but for some residents that`s hard to do. Infants under the age of two, the elderly and those suffering with chronic illnesses are at the highest risk for contracting the virus with over 30,000 to die each year; but can the vaccine protect you one hundred percent...and what should you do to prevent an attack? The vaccine is about 80% effective, and those who get the flu after, have a much milder case, but things you would do for any illness, like hand washing, staying home, limit exposure to daycares are some precautions to take. Doctors think washing hands is best...thats what doctors do...would be a big impact on the health of our community. Flu season lasts from November through March, and experts say it typically peeks in January, so if you`re planning on getting vaccinated, now is the time.
Wallace Honors Spring 2013 Nursing Students
Wallace Community College recently conferred credentials upon spring 2013 graduates of the associate degree and practical nursing programs at the Dothan Civic Center. The graduates...
Sessions Remarks On Coalition Letter, Growing Opposition To Gang Of Eight's Proposal
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement regarding today's letter from a broad coalition of national...
Alabama Ready to Assist Oklahoma as Needed in Tornado Recovery
Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday said various state agencies in Alabama are in contact with their counterparts in Oklahoma to offer any assistance needed in the recovery from Monday's...
Video Extra: Health Minute - Benefits Of Eating Greek Yogurt
Let's talk yogurt.
Georgia Highway Officials Look To Cut Traffic Deaths Involving Bicyclists
Highway safety officials and cycling advocates are calling on Georgians to make 2013 a safer year for cyclists in Georgia.
Governor Bentley Issues Statement On Deadly Oklahoma Tornado
Governor Robert Bentley issued a statement following the deadly tornado that struck Oklahoma on Monday afternoon.
Video Extra: Yahoo Buys Tumblr
Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer has gone shopping...
Lawmakers Say 'No' To Gov. Bentley's School Tax Credit Amendment
The legislature turned back Governor Bentley's executive amendment to delay school tax credits.
Gun Bill Passes Alabama Legislature On Final Day
A controversial gun bill passed the Alabama legislature on the last day of the session.
One Vehicle Accident In Enterprise Leads To Arrest
On May 16, 2013, the Enterprise Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Boll Weevil Circle and Lee Street.