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Flu, pneumonia vaccines available

The Citrus County Health Department is offering adult flu and pneumonia shots starting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 Citrus Springs Blvd.

The vaccine supplies are limited and will be administered first-come, first-served and there will be no appointments.

The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for anyone 65 and older who has never received the vaccine. For those who are at least 65 and received the vaccine five or more years earlier, a second shot is recommended.

The flu vaccine is $15; the pneumonia vaccine is $25. Medicare Part B covers the cost of vaccine.

Bring a copy of your Medicare card. People with HMO or other primary insurance coverage are required to obtain vaccines from their primary health care provider or pay for the vaccines upon receipt.

For information, call the Health Department at 527-0068.

In October, federal officials announced that the nation faces a flu vaccine shortage, prompting long lines and hourslong waits during vaccinations at area supermarkets.

The flu vaccine shortage stems from a decision by British authorities to shut down Chiron Corp.'s Liverpool production facility, where nearly half of the U.S. vaccine supply, some 46-million to 48-million doses, is manufactured.