By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
Flu shots are now available at the Marion County Health Department and anyone who wants one can go to the weekly vaccination clinic, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
“We have plenty of doses,” said Donna Riffle, director of nursing at the Marion County Health Department, located at 300 Second St. in Fairmont.
So far, there have been no confirmed cases of the flu in the area, said both Riffle and Bob White, regional epidemiologist with the West Virginia Health and Human Resources Department who works out of the Monongalia County Health Department.
The doses at the health department are of the quadrivalent variety, which means it can help protect those who get it against four strains of the flu, two A types, including H1N1, and two B types.
Usually flu vaccines are trivalent and protect against three strains, two A types and one B type.
“The only reason that there are both of these types of flu vaccine is some flu vaccine manufacturers didn’t get (Food and Drug Administration) approval for their quadrivalent flu vaccine as early as others,” said Jeff Neccuzi of the Division of Immunization Services for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.