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Local School Offering Free Flu Clinic Thursday

RUSSELL COUNTY, Al. (WTVM) -- A local school is helping to protect people against the seasonal flu. Russell County High School is offering a free flu clinic in room D4 Thursday. The clinic will operate until 3 p.m.

Private insurance patients must register at Flubusters.com and there is a $27 charge that will be re-imbursed. Medicare and Medicaid patients are free if you present a copy of your Medicare or Medicaid card.

Seasonal flu vaccine delayed for some US providers

The largest U.S. supplier of seasonal flu vaccines says it's running behind on shipping vaccine for the regular, seasonal flu - partly because of the crunch to produce millions of doses of the swine flu vaccine.

The pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur says it has shipped more than half of the 50 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine order by U.S. health care providers. But the French company has sent notices to customers indicating that additional doses may be delayed.

Company spokeswoman Donna Cary says it could be November before some customers get the rest of their orders.

Ala. physicians ordering swine flu vaccine

The Alabama Department of Public Health has opened up Internet portals for physicians to place orders for the swine flu vaccine.

State public health spokesman Jim McVay said doctors are sending in their requests Wednesday for the first 45,000 doses that will be shipped next week, possibly arriving by the end of the week.

McVay said the first vaccine to arrive in the state will be nasal spray, which has been approved for individuals 2 to 49 years of age.

Where the first doses will be shipped will be based on the requests they receive this week. The second shipment will include 31,000 doses of the injectable vaccine and another 23,000 of the nasal mist.

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