State health officials are worried that last year's fears over shortages of flu vaccine and long lines may be replaced this year by ambivalence.
Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, state epidemiologist, said people will have to revise their thinking from last year, when only older people and higher risk individuals could get a flu shot.
Only high-risk individuals will be able to get a flu shot through Oct. 24, but after that, the vaccine should be readily available to the general public, she said.
Suellen Novotny, executive director of the Visiting Nurse Association of Johnson County, said there has been a good turnout of high-risk people at flu shot clinics.
"It's the general public that we all have a question about," she said. "What will their response be?"
Novotny's group ordered 4,000 doses of the vaccine.
Deb Janechek, senior flu shot coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association of Linn County, said the absence of attention about flu shots this year could influence the number of people seeking a shot.
"We'd like to get the word out that everyone should get a shot," she said.