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Brownwood-Brown County Health Department running low on flu mist supply

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 06 2012 06:10:23 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 06 2012 07:55:03 PM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

We're right in the middle of flu season, and if you're a Brownwood or a Brown County resident and were counting on the flu mist, you need to act quickly. 

The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department said they're low on their supply.

We are also in the middle of National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Health Department wants to remind everyone it's not too late to get vaccinated against the flu, even if it's the old fashioned way.

The flu virus has already hit Brown County, but don't panic just yet.

"A lot of cases, nothing out of the ordinary, I  mean it's always around. Flu season is technically January and February, but it could start as early as October and last really up until May," said Jodie Armstrong, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

There is one way to protect yourself better than all the rest.

"The best thing to do is to get a vaccination, and you don't have to worry about those symptoms," said Armstrong.

Afraid of needles?

Other than a family doctor, the Health Department in Brownwood is the only place that offers an alternative to getting your typical flu shot called the flu mist, which is administered as a nasal spray.

"We have limited supply of it at this time, because we don't order as much as we do of the shots, but it is still available until the 17 of December," said Donna Miller, L.V.C. at the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department.

The shot is a dead virus injected by a needle and is available to anyone six months of age and older.

The flu mist is a weakened live virus and is a nasal spray.

The mist is only available to those ages 2-50.   

Health Officials said neither one is better or worse than the other.