Flu Season: Is There Enough Vaccine?

Dr. Chiyome Fukino
Dr. Chiyome Fukino

(KHNL)- The official start of the flu season begins in October and people are already lining up to make sure they don't get sick.

Crowds came early and waited in long lines in front of the Longs Drug Store in Moiliili this morning.

Some said it took about an hour of waiting and filling out paper work before they finally got their flu shot.

This is just one of the many flu shot clinics being offered by the State's largest health care coverage provider, HMSA.

The flu shots are free for HMSA members, or 35 dollars for non members.

The State Department of Health says if you are 65 years of age or older, pregnant, have diabetes, asthma,

or long term health problems, you should get a flu shot.

Health officials also recommend children 23 months to 6 years of age get vaccinated as well.

As for the fears over a shortage, the Department of Health says there's no need to worry.

It's estimated more than 100 million doses of the vaccine have been produced for this year's flu season.