More flu vaccine is on its way to the twin states. Within the next two weeks the state Department of Health in Mississippi is set to receive an additional 50,000 doses of adult flu vaccine. In Alabama the state Department of Health is set to receive an additional 92,000 doses.
However, there are some stipulations. In both states, the doses will only be available for people at high risk of contracting the virus such as: the elderly, pregnant, very young or chronically ill. Another catch is that they will only be available on certain days.
In east Mississippi these shots will cost $15 apiece and will only be administered next Tuesday at these locations: in Lauderdale County at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, in Clarke County at the Multipurpose Building, in Kemper County at the county Health Department's office, in Neshoba County at the Neshoba County Coliseum, in Newton County at First Baptist Church of Newton and the Health Department office in Decatur, in Jasper County at the Human Services Building in Bay Springs and the Health Department office in Heidelberg, as well as at the Health Department office in Smith County, West Carthage Baptist Church in Leake County and the Forest Coliseum in Scott County.
As for residents in Alabama, the shots will be free and they will be given on November 16 and 17 at the Health Department in each county. To eliminate long lines, the shots will be given to people whose last name begins with the letters "A" through "K" on the 16th and to people whose last name begins with "L" through "Z" on the 17th.
For more information on the availability of the shots, contact your local health department.