The Beaumont Enterprise, Nov. 28, 2006http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17518973&BRD=2287&PAG=461&dept_id=512588&rfi=6 The effectiveness of the drugs is not known and there won't be enough for everyone. But with the help of the federal government, Jefferson and Hardin counties are stockpiling flu medication to prepare for a possible pandemic. On Monday, that county's Commissioners' Court voted to purchase 300 courses of Tamiflu for $4,200. Each course has 10 antiviral pills which will last one person for five days. In addition to the national stockpile, which has 3.3 million courses designated for Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has contracted with drug manufacturers for 2.3 million units to made available for sale to local heath authorities in Texas. Jefferson County is set to order 14,000 courses by December said Dr. Austin Walkes of the Jefferson County health authority. Orange County is not participating in the program because of limited funds, said Marsha Canright, a spokesperson for Galveston's University of Texas Medical Branch, which acts as the health authority and helps organize emergency medical response plans for rural counties.