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      DHEC: Flu shots are on the way

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Department of Health and Environmental Control officials want the public to be reassured that it wasn't the shutdown that slowed flu shot shipments, but the supplier.

      "It is important for people to understand DHEC is open for business as usual and will continue serving the public this flu season," said Director Catherine Templeton. "As soon as we receive our shipment of vaccines for adults with insurance, we will begin offering flu shots to these individuals as well."

      DHEC announced Friday that flu vaccines for adults with health insurance are on their way to the state.

      The announcement said the vaccines were ordered back in March but were on back order from the vaccine manufacturer.

      DHEC officials said they will begin offering flu vaccines to adults with insurance, including those with Medicare and Medicaid, as soon as the agency receives its vaccine supply.

      Last month, the agency received its shipment of flu vaccinations for adults who are uninsured and began offering flu shots to this under served population.

      "DHEC is committed to helping all South Carolinians protect themselves from flu," said Templeton. "The best way to prevent flu is to get a flu shot every year. While we await our shipment of flu vaccine for insured adults, we encourage all adults with Medicare, Medicaid or another type of health insurance to visit their health care provider or local pharmacy to get a flu shot today to help them stay healthy during this flu season."

      For more information on how to protect yourself and your family from flu, please visit www.scdhec.gov/flu.

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