Budget cuts slash flu vaccines in Calif.

According to San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency, free flu vaccines for low income adults in the California county was cut in half as a result of state budget cuts.
While the county received 65,000 free doses of the vaccine last year, it will only receive 36,690 this year, KPBS reports. County health officials said that even though the amount of free vaccines has been reduced, there will be plenty of flu shots available for purchase.
“The decrease in free vaccine is the result of the fragile state budget,” Nick Macchione, the director of HHSA, said, according to KPBS. “But we expect there will be no shortage of vaccine. We anticipate there will be an adequate supply of flu vaccine this season.”
Health officials urge everyone older than six months of age to get vaccinated against the flu.
"Influenza can have serious side effects and lead to medical complications and hospitalizations, especially in the elderly and in very young children," Eric McDonald, the county deputy public health officer, said, according to KPBS.
The flu season starts in late August.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the groups that are at high risk for having serious flu-related complications are pregnant women, children younger than five, people 50 years of age and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.