Health official urges flu shot after study says 59% of shots are effective

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Long lines of drivers waited for their turn to get their flu shot, and with the drive-thru clinic, it only took a matter of seconds.

"It's great, that's the best idea they've come up with," said Jim and Louise Roy, both drive-thru patients.

The drive-thru immunizations were all a part of the Franklin County "Three for Free," that accepted food items for the local food pantry.

Ironically, the flu shot give-away also came out on the day a new study, in the "Lancet," was released that claims only 59% of the flu shots are effective.

"I'm not a gambler, but I kind of like 59% odds. I would think that those who have had the flu would tell you, definitely get the flu shot," said Paula Alexander, the Director of the Franklin County Health Department.

While the stats, may not be that high, these drive-thru patients say it's still a measure worth taking.

"I think it's still worth getting, it's just insurance is the way I look at it," explained George Sipple while waiting in line.

"Some will benefit from it and a few will not, but at least you can keep it from spreading too far," added Barbara Brown.

Alexander does admit that some people can still get sick even after having the shot, but she insists it's still the best measure.

"The flu can be deadly, it is deadly every year," said Alexander.

While some health officials, in the released study, are pushing for a stronger vaccine, Alexander says it's still better to get the shot and reduce the severity of the disease.

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