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Before the flu vaccination shortage, the shots at Free State High School were going to be free. Now, since there is a shortage, people will be charged for them. I'd like to understand why this is happening.

The flu shots for the Flu-X event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Free State High School were to come from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department spokeswoman Janelle Martin. KDHE purchased the flu shots with bioterrorism funds from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But the KDHE never received the doses of flu vaccine scheduled to be used in the activity.

"Now, since the KDHE is not sponsoring the clinic, we now are just using our vaccine," Martin said. "We're back in regular flu clinic mode where we would normally charge."

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