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Shutdown impacts flu season

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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Right now, it's people's paychecks that are being affected, but soon the government shutdown could take a toll on the country's health.

We're at the start of the flu season and every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks the disease and reports on outbreaks through its FluView website. You can find a link to that website in the sidebar. If you click on the link, you can see website is down due to the shutdown.

Since the CDC won't be able to track that information, that will put health departments across the country at a disadvantage Since health departments won't have the information to gauge how bad the flu is in their area, they might not have enough vaccines on hand.

Right now, that is not the case at the Madison County Health Department. They have plenty of vaccines and are giving shots out for free. Sherri Ford with the Madison County Health Department encouraged people to come out and get their shots before the season is in full swing. She said, "We're not sure exactly how many cases we've already had this year, but we do expect a high flu season, so we highly recommend that those who are six months or older come in and take advantage of these free flu vaccines."

You can find a list of all the free flu shot clinics being offered in Madison County by following the link in the sidebar.

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