Shutdown's Effect on Flu Vaccinations

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- During Day 2 of the government shut down there are plenty of questions about how it might affect social security, veterans' benefits and even the flu vaccination program.

Both veterans' and social security benefits will still be given out, but the CDC has put its flu monitoring program on hold during this shutdown.

Dr. Doug Larsen from the Virginia Department of Health said doctors monitor the flu locally and many doctors and nurses already have the flu vaccine so that should not have much of an impact.

Frank Tamberrino with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce said so far the Valley is okay.

"It's only if this thing drags on do people start becoming concerned from a purely business or economic standpoint. As of what does the future hold, particularly, when we start talking about the debt ceiling and the paying of obligations back. People will start to get a little bit jumpy, but it's probably going to take another few days," said Tamberrino.

Also, some Head Start programs are at risk of closing during the shutdown around the country.

Steve Troxell, the director of the Shenandoah Valley Consortium for Head Start in Fishersville, said everything is funded right now and they are not are seeing too big of an impact. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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