The first shipment of influenza vaccinations for the current flu season is expected to arrive at the Pittsburg County Health Department today.

No shortages are anticipated this year — unlike last year, when people around the country often faced waits in long lines, if they could get a flu shot at all.

A substantial amount of vaccine is expected in this year’s initial delivery.

“ My first shipment is 3,500 adult doses and 400 pediatric doses,” said Pittsburg County Health Department Administrator Mike Echelle.

The Pittsburg County Health Department plans to begin offering the flu shots on Monday to those who are most at risk of developing complications from the flu. Influenza vaccinations will be available from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the county health department at 620 S. Third St.

Beginning Oct. 24, the Pittsburg County Health Department will make the vaccinations available to everyone who wants a flu shot, Echelle said.

The health department does not charge for giving the flu vaccinations.

More flu vaccine is expected to arrive later to supplement the initial order and meet the demand.

“We anticipate enough flu vaccine for this year,” Echelle said. “I’ve ordered 10,000 doses.”

The Pittsburg County Health Department’s total order for this year includes 9,000 adult doses and 1,000 pediatric doses of the flu vaccine. Last year, the health department ordered 7,500 doses.

People who are 65 or older with chronic health problems may also want to consider getting a pneumoccal vaccination, which provides protection against pneumonia, Echelle said.

Meanwhile, those who are considered at risk and who will be offered the flu shots first include people who are 65 or older and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

Those who are considered at risk also include people from 2 to 64 years of age who have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes.

Also considered at risk are children who are from 6 to 23 months of age, as well as household contacts and out-of-home care-givers of children who are 6 months or younger. Pregnant women are considered at risk, as well.

Another group whose members are considered at risk are health care personnel who provide direct care for patients, Echelle said.