CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The county has distributed about 5,000 flu vaccines this year, county Health Director Kevin Thomas said Wednesday.

The number is about on course with last year as county residents once again lined up for flu shots at clinics held around Cape May County.

North Wildwood resident Steve Cipolla, for instance, makes it a point to get his flu shot each year.

“My son got me really sick years ago and I don’t want to go through it again,” Cipolla said as public health nurse Sonia Colon gave him the vaccine.

Thomas said Wednesday’s clinic at the Health Department was the 21st clinic this year.

“People have plenty of opportunity to get it,” he said, noting that the county even held flu shot clinics in connection with Election Day.

The shots are free.

“From the public health standpoint, the flu is very preventable. The county realizes prevention is the key to ensure the flu doesn’t spread,” he said.

Thomas said this year has been what he called “a normal flu season” and the vaccine has been given out as usual in both regular and high dose forms, as well as through the use of a FluMist nasal spray.

Twins Zac and Zoe Lambert, both 13, said their injections didn’t hurt.

“I don’t like shots, but I really didn’t feel it,” Zoe said.

Their mother, Marion, of Lower Township, makes sure the family gets vaccinated each flu season.

“It’s fast and they’re good at it,” she said of the flu clinics. “It’s a preventive measure.”

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