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Spike In Demand Makes Flu Shot Hard To Find

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The worst flu season in years has caused a sudden surge in demand for the flu vaccine, making it difficult to find at some area pharmacies.

The Dallas County Health Department Thursday ran out of adult doses of the flu shot.

“A lot of pharmacies, a lot of health departments are running out of the flu vaccine,” said Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.

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It’s not unusual for the supply to begin tapering off with the new year..

Doctors say, the best time to get vaccinated is September or October.

By early December, the CDC reports, most people intending to get vaccinated already have.

But, the severity of this season seems to have more people second guessing their decision.

“Our ER area hospitals are showing they’re bombarded with people coming in with symptoms,” said Thompson.

The death of 17 year old Max Schwolert from Flower Mound has also raised the alarm.

“People say ‘uh-oh’ I should have gotten my flu shot,” said Thompson.

Procrastinators are still likely to find the vaccine, but it make take some shopping around.

Late Thursday, Dallas County found 200 doses of the adult vaccine, which will be available Friday.

Tarrant and Denton counties’ health departments reported also having the vaccine.

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