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Director of Nursing
Belmont County Health Department
68501 Bannock Road S.R. 331
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
The Belmont County Health Department is located in St. Clairsville, Ohio and serves residents in Belmont County. Its services include (but are not limited to) the following: control of communicable disease; promotion of health and safety; control and prev... more
BSN DON/WIC Director
Mehl says lead poisoning can cause everything from hyperactivity to brain damage.
Mehl said the reason the vaccine is in short supply is likely the way it's manufactured.
"They use eggs (that) are injected and then they wait for the virus to grow, and then they manufacture the vaccine, so it's a slow process that takes several months," Mehl said.
Mehl said Belmont County has placed an order for more vaccinations but they don't expect a shipment until December.
As of Friday, Harrison County had not placed an order to refill supplies there.
Ohio County health officials said they still have a supply of the seasonal flu vaccine and hope to obtain more doses.
And while many larger facilities like are out of the seasonal flu vaccines, there is still the possibility that doctors may have a limited supply left.
Mehl said people who have not yet received a seasonal flu vaccination may not be able to get one until flu season is well under way.
Wildlife and Lands Branch