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Local health departments borrowing flu immunizations


Flu cases continue to surface in Illinois, to the point where the CDC is calling the virus "widespread" across the state.

Nancy Halpin with the Pike County Health Department says it's hard to predict how many vaccines will be needed each flu season because each year is different.

"We never know what the demand is going to be and you can't return flu vaccines so you want to be able to use it up," said Halpin.

And, so far this year the health department has given about 1600 flu vaccinations, something they wasn't prepared for.

"I actually thought we were winding down at Christmas time as far as flu vaccinations but, since January 2nd we've seen about 6 times the amount of flu vaccinations that we normally do," said Halpin.

To keep up with the growing demand, Halpin says they've had to look to other counties for help. "We were running low on our flu vaccine supply so we did purchase some flu vaccine from Jersey County Health Department. "

Pike County in general has a lower amount of flu cases than the rest of the state.

Katherine Rowles with Illini Community Hospital thinks its because the county is making it easier for people to get vaccinated.

"We've had drive in clinics to help people get the flu shot, make it more convenient for them," said Rowles.

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