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Seasonal flu shots are harder to find

Posted October 27, 2009
Updated October 28, 2009

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— Shots for the seasonal flu are getting more difficult to find across the state.

Johnston County Health Director Dr. Marilyn Pearson said the county ran out of the vaccine. The department did not receive its full order and had to cancel shots for a day.

“I don’t think it’s very clear why it’s not available,” Pearson said.

Seasonal flu shots harder to find

Pharmacist Mike James said his business, Person Street Pharmacy in Raleigh, still doesn’t have the seasonal flu vaccine.

"We were hoping to have seasonal vaccine no later than the middle of September,” James said. “We're still not able to get a firm date of when it's coming it.”

James said the shortfall has been created by suppliers trying to increase production of the H1N1 vaccine.

“We wound up seeing a situation where they couldn’t produce enough seasonal vaccine,” James said.

Wake County officials said the county is still stocked with the seasonal supply, but they are not planning to add any additional clinics to the schedule.

Susan Slosman went to several local pharmacies to get the seasonal flu shot ,but found they were out of the vaccine.

Slosman eventually got the shot at a Wake County clinic.

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  • fishon Oct 28, 2009

    As far as H1N1, while children are supposedly high-risk and therefore among the first in line, not a child I know has been able to get the vaccine.

    I read last week that a large percentage of the H1N1 purchased by the US goverment is going to help other countries. Once again we are shaaaring...

  • tropicalgirl Oct 28, 2009

    This is old news. It took me a month to get a shot for my 7-year-old. Her pediatrician's office ran out of them very early and to date, never got more in. I have never had a problem getting the shot for her in past years. As far as H1N1, while children are supposedly high-risk and therefore among the first in line, not a child I know has been able to get the vaccine.

  • squawk08 Oct 27, 2009

    Of course they will not have enough shots, the drug companies have to make sure they have enough customers for this flu season, not to mention the dr's offices.

  • time4real Oct 27, 2009

    what a joke. just like Katrina, the Govt can't handle it! CDC is a joke! They want to run healthcare? What a laugh. Leave it to them and we'll all be dead!
    Got my reg. flu shot early cause I KNEW this would happen. We're not taking the pig/goat flu shot, not that we could get it anyway. cough, cough, sneeze, oops, sorry!