It's Influenza Immunization Week

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) -"I took the H1N1 virus because I thought it was the precautionary thing to do. I had no adverse reaction whatsoever," says Eric Taylor, who happens to be the CEO of Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services.

The early days after the H1N1 vaccines became available...there were long lines at places like SWLA Center for Health Services.  Nurse Kasha Keys says at first, "Lines wrapped around the corner. For the health fair, we ran out for all three health fairs. We ran out of H1N1."

But now it seems, fewer people are seeking the vaccine even though they offer it on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  Says Kasha, "It's slow. We might do one or two on a Friday. This past Friday we did one."

There are still those planning to get the vaccine. "Because I'm pregnant I think I'm going to do it soon," says one patient there for something else.

The vaccine is available to people of all ages though target groups include children from six months through 24 years, pregnant women, health care workers and those who take care of infants or others at higher risk.  Admits Taylor, "I'm in a high risk group and all high risk persons should consider taking the H1N1 virus and protect themselves."

Louisiana has seen a decrease in the flu over recent weeks but that could change without warning as the regular flu season approaches.  For information on getting a flu shot click here.

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