By Karen Williamson

KARENW@CULLMANTIMES.COM

The Cullman County Health Department had a successful turnout for its first of two flu clinics being held this year at St. Bernard’s gymnasium.

“It’s going well,” said Health Department Clinic supervisor Candece Adkins. “We have given already 800 flu shots today. We are still having a steady stream of people coming in.”

Ruby Lynn was in with daughter-in-law Cynthia Lynn and 18-month-old Brooke Lynn and granddaughters Skyler Lyn Rittenberry, age 6, and 14-year-old Ashley Barbee.

“We are here because I have had the flu twice this year,” said Ruby Lynn. “They have all taken care of me and seen me go through it.”

Brooke Lynn was crying following her shot. Her mother said Brooke was tired too.

Cynthia Lynn said, “I just don’t want to catch it.”

Sarah Johnson, who works at the Cullman County Child Development Center, said she was getting a flu shot because some children she works with have weakened immune systems.

“We have already had two kids in the hospital with it (the flu),” she said. “We are exposed to the kids who are too susceptible to pass it around. We’re trying to do whatever we can to prevent that from happening.”

Bobby and Jeanette Cotner get the flu shot every year. In the past, Cotner said he got his shot at the doctor’s office.

“It’s very expensive,” he said.

The couple thought the $5 charge was a bargain.

The second clinic will be held Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge for Medicare recipients, but they must provide their card.

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