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Some people who were identified as "at risk" received flu shots Tuesday in Meridian. At least one resident waited over two hours to get her shot. In all, before the supply ran out, 960 people were vaccinated.

With a national flu vaccine shortage, local Health Department officials say Mississippi was lucky to get an additional 50,000 doses last week.

Officials could not say for sure whether or not, or when, the state might receive any more.

"We hopefully may be getting some more flu vaccine," said Mary Pepple of the Lauderdale County Health Department. "We don't know but everyone is just to check. There will be a media release if any becomes available."

Until then residents are encouraged to check with their local healthcare provider about the availability of the vaccine, and those not at high risk of contracting the illness are asked to give others a shot.


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