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Benton Franklin Health District giving out flu shots this week

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Benton-Franklin Health District kicked off their annual Flu Shot week.  All day they had stations set up at their Kennewick facility, ready to get people vaccinated against Influenza.  This year the Center for Disease Control recommended everyone older than six months old get the shot. 

Also, this year they made a stronger shot for the elderly.  Heather Hill, the communicable disease supervisor says, "it's like a regular flu shot but its four times the strength. And it's made for people who are 65 and older because their immune system doesn't respond as well to the regular vaccine.'

Hill says, this year's shots include protection against the H1H1 Virus, "Last year the h1n1 wasn't in it because it was made too late. They couldn't get it into the regular vaccine..So this year they included it plus two different strains, so the flu shot has three different strains," says Hill.

The shots are $25 dollars and most are covered under insurance and medicare for the elderly.  They also offer pneumonia vaccines for $46 dollars.  On Tuesday they will be administering shots at the Pasco Senior Center, and back at the Benton Franklin Health District in Kennewick on Wednesday.  Shots will also be give at the Richland Community Center on Thursday and Friday., starting at 9:00am.