Flu season — and free shots to prevent it — are here

David Madden
October 06, 2019 - 10:24 am

CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — It’s that time of year to get that flu shot. Local governments throughout the region are setting up events over the next several weeks where the vaccinations will be offered for free.

Take Camden County for example.

After their annual kickoff event at a senior health fair in Cherry Hill this week, 18 different events are scheduled in the county through the middle of next month. 

County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez hopes to get some 5,000 vaccines administered by the county.

“We do see less people coming in, but it’s because they are going to their doctors and pharmacies and getting their shots,” Rodriguez told KYW Newsradio. “Our concern is, of course, those individuals who can’t afford it and with those, we still pretty much see very high numbers.”

The first batch of some 2,000 doses should last awhile, but Rodriguez is a tad worried about when the second batch might be available. 

“We are a little bit concerned about being able to get adequate supplies,” she added. “Our suppliers are actually not producing the quantities so far. They will continue to produce so we hopefully will have the same amount of vaccines that we offer every year.”

Also, kids under nine getting a flu shot need two. So if you’re thinking of using this program to get your child vaccinated, contact the Camden County Health Department clinics in Camden or Bellmawr.