CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Despite the financial problems the Putnam County Health Department is facing, clinical services are still being offered, said the department's medical director.
Last Thursday, Dr. Rahul Gupta, executive director of the Kanawha County Health Department reported an influx of patients from Putnam County. He also said he is concerned about whether the Kanawha agency may have to offer more school and flu vaccines.
"Flu vaccine orders usually go well ahead of six months in advance so we need to know," Gupta told board of health members. "There's a lot of planning that goes into place for clinical services."
Dr. Sam Henson, medical director of the Putnam Health Department, said Sunday night that the clinic never stopped those services.
"We're going to continue giving vaccines provided by the state," Henson said, noting that's who funds the school and flu vaccines.
In the past, Putnam has offered various other vaccines the clinic pays for, which they've discontinued because of financial problems, he said.
"Those are vaccines like if someone is going overseas and needs a bunch of immunizations to go," Henson said. Also, he said, the shingles vaccines would no longer be offered, among others.
"The 18-and-under vaccines, which you have to have for school will continue, as will flu vaccines," Henson said.