Flu season typically isn't until later in the fall and winter, but this year, people aren't wasting any time getting their flu shots. The Brunswick County Health Department started offering the seasonal vaccination Tuesday, which is earlier than usual. The flu is especially on everyone's mind this year. "This year, we're starting earlier than normal so people can get their seasonal flu shot and then if there is a vaccine for the H1N1, they'll be able to get that, and they'll be time in between the two shots, so they don't mix,” said Fred Michael of the Brunswick County Health Department. April Simpson got the seasonal flu shot and plans on getting the H1Ni vaccination when it's available. "To prevent my unborn baby from hopefully catching the flu when she's born premature." Deputy Health Director Fred Michael says if you plan to get the flu vaccine, make sure you make an appointment. "One of the problems of everyone waiting in line is everybody's at risk of contaminating each other, and we're trying to avoid that." The shot costs thirty-five dollars, but many insurance companies cover it. The Brunswick County Health Department will be offering the flu vaccination until they run out, but they say the sooner you can get it, the better. Here is a county-by-county look at when and where flu shots will be available. New Hanover County flu shots: Flu shots start at the Health Department on September 19th by appointment. You can find more information out by visiting the NHC website. Columbus County: Regular seasonal flu vaccinations will begin September 14, 2009 and will be offered at the Columbus County Health Department from 1PM-4PM daily. Appointments are not needed. Bladen County: Bladen county flu shots will be given starting September 1st from 1-4pm. Walk ins only. More info at the Bladen Health Department website. Brunswick County: Flu shots for Brunswick county residents will be given starting September 1st, 2009 at the Brunswick County health department from 1-4pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.More info available on their website.
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