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THOSE NEEDING FLU SHOT GETTING IT, OFFICIAL SAYS

The Wyoming County Health Department received about half the flu vaccines it initially ordered for the coming flu season.

The department asked for 1,200 doses of vaccine from private provider Aventis and received 600 doses, Gregory Collins, county health director, told the county Board of Supervisors' Public Health Committee on Tuesday.

He said the vaccine is being distributed from the county Health Department to individual agencies.

Collins said the Wyoming County Office of the Aging and Nursing Home clients have been getting the vaccine after the federal government allowed it to be distributed.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency has already given out 30 million doses and hopes to give out 25 million more.

County health officials said that the elderly, children and chronically ill are at the top of the risk list. Federal health officials say that nationwide, that group of people totals approximately 90 to 95 million people.

Collins said those who need the shot are getting it, including children. "Most of the kids requiring vaccine are getting it through private providers," he said.

In other business, supervisors:

Recommended using $8,200 from drug-free community grant funds.

Len Jakovac, executive director of Allegany Rehabilitation Associates, also discussed the agency's operation of the Mental Health Clinic, Continuing Day Treatment and Chemical Abuse Treatment programs in Wyoming County.

The agency provides 35 employees for the Mental Health Department and 14 employees for the chemical treatment program.

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