The Carteret County Health Department has added a new flu information line for the public. The automated line includes recorded messages on the availability of the seasonal and swine flu vaccines at the health department, plus tips to stay healthy.
The number for the flu information line is (252) 728-8432. People can also leave a message for the health department, and a representative will return their call as soon as possible.
The Carteret County Health Department is currently out of seasonal flu vaccine, but expects to receive more in the next few weeks. The first shipment of H1N1 vaccine is expected in October. However, people considered "high risk" will be the first to get the swine flu vaccine. High risk people include pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than six months, healthcare and emergency workers, people ages 6 to 24, and those between 25 and 64 with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems. As supplies increase, other groups may be added.
A single dose of the current H1N1 vaccine will be sufficient for adults and children over ten years of age, while children under ten will need two doses 21 to 28 days apart.