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Flu Shots In High Demand Across Central Texas
Flu cases are on the rise across central Texas and that means flu shots are in high demand. Seton Medical Center doctors say they've seen the number of cases double in the past week. If that's enough for you to go get a vaccine you may have trouble finding that vaccine depending on where we are.
"You can die from the flu, and there have already been deaths" explained Dr. Jack Bissett. He's an infectious disease doctor. He says those deaths come in an unusual flu season from an unexpected strain.
"It is seems like H1N1 it's about 96% of the strains that we identified this year" he continued. H1N1 is the same deadly strain behind the 2009 pandemic. That's not good news for young adults who typically are the ones who don't get vaccinated.
"It seems like older children and younger adults get more severe disease with that virus" Bissett added.
Flu season is peaking early this year and Seton doctors say they have several otherwise healthy patients now on life support.
The news seems to have many now rushing to get that shot. So many, that the CVS Burnet Road started telling people to come back Tuesday because they were so backed up. The CVS on Anderson Lane is out until Thursday.
When you can find the vaccine however, doctors say it's a good idea to roll up your sleeve.
"This is largely a condition that can be avoided with vaccinations" Dr. Jordan Weingarten says.
It's important to note there is not a vaccine shortage. There is plenty available but this recent rush to get it may have your local pharmacy busy. It's a good idea to call before you go in.