No flu shot shortage here - Tucson News Now

No flu shot shortage here

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The flu is taking its toll in almost every state, including right here in Arizona.  In Southern Arizona, some pharmacies have run out of the flu vaccine, but that doesn't mean there is a shortage.

The Pima County Public Health Department says it is plenty stocked with doses of the vaccine, but that is not the case everywhere around town. 

As for other pharmacies, the Health Department tells us they have gotten calls saying some pharmacies around Tucson are out of the flu shot.  However, there is not a shortage. 

Health officials say these pharmacies simply didn't order enough of the vaccines because they did not expect demand to be so high. 

Across the nation there are as many as 15 million doses still available, so there is by no means a shortage. 

The Health Department says it has plenty of shots available, as do several other public health clinics.  It is free for children, and there is a fee for adults. 

If opting not to get the flu shot, some tips for not getting the flu would be avoid people coughing and sneezing, wash hands often and stay home if you are starting to feel sick.

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