Hundreds turn up for state's first free flu clinic

By Amy Cherry 2:56pm, October 11, 2013 - Updated 3:30pm, October 11, 2013
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
A large crowd turns out for the Delaware Division of Public Health's annual free flu clinic at the New Castle Farmer's Market.

WDEL's Amy Cherry was there.

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Hundreds of shoppers took off their coats and rolled up their sleeves to get their annual flu shot to protect them what could mean two weeks out of work, sick in bed.

Among them, Carolyn Newman of New Castle.

"I think it's very important because I used to get sick every year, and then I would go into pneumonia until I started getting the flu shots," says Newman.

"Does it hurt?" I asked her.

"Yeah, sort of," she laughs.

"But it's worth it?" I asked.

"Yeah, it's worth it," she says.

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Last year's flu season hit early and hard. Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Division of Public Health recommends get your vaccine before flu season starts, but either way DPH is prepared.

"We have plenty of vaccine available so we should be good to go for the season," says Dr. Rattay.

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Everyone six months of age and older, especially the elderly and pregnant woman are recommended to get the flu shot.

Rattay is also out to dispel any myths out there that you can get sick from getting the flu shot.

"Now, sometimes people get illness around the time they get the flu shot. It's easy to blame it on the flu shot, but you really don't get sick from the flu shot," she says.

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Newman begs to differ, but even still, gets in line for her free shot every year.

"I usually have like a sniffles for a couple days, and then it goes away. They've improved the vaccine so much," she says.

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For a list of the state's free flu clinics, visit the Delaware Division of Public Health.

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