Some pharmacies out of the flu shot this season


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and photojournalist DEREK RASOR

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Posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 11:21 PM

AUSTIN -- In the middle of one of the most widespread flu seasons in recent memory, health officials say you should get immunized.

However, finding available shots currently isn't as easy as when the flu season began.

For those without insurance or the under-insured, shots are widely available through the Austin Travis County Health Department. Just call 2-1-1 to find out how to make an appointment. Places are busy, so call a few days ahead.

KVUE found a family of six all getting their shots Tuesday at the "Shots for Tots and Big Shots Clinic" at the St. John's Neighborhood Center.

Those with insurance are told to call their primary care provider.

Doctors at North Lamar Family Medicine are giving the shots and said you don't even need an appointment.

Other primary care doctors said they can still get you in for a shot at this point.

However, the CVS on Lamar and Braker is out of the vaccination. So is the location on Berkman and Briarcliff.

The majority of pharmacies KVUE called Tuesday in the Central Austin area said they were currently out. Some are expecting more on Thursday, others said they aren't sure when.

While some other places that take insurance, like certain Walgreens and H-E-B's are also out of the shot, Austin Travis County Health Educator Coleen Christian said you shouldn't panic.

"There is no vaccine shortage, there is enough vaccine to meet the demand at this time," Christian said.

Christian said 135 million doses were made here in the US for distribution, and places that have temporarily run out should be able to replenish. She warns not to put it off too long, saying that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to start working really well in your body.

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