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Parents scramble as area pharmacies run out of flu vaccine

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – If you are hoping to get a flu shot, you may have to do some searching. Some pharmacies have reported an increased demand for the flu vaccine and they have run out. They have to wait for new shipments before administering the vaccine to anxious New Yorkers.

“I have friends who have never gotten one before and they are asking me, should I be getting it? They’ve never gotten one in their life,” said nurse Andrea Lundy. “I would get it, you are being exposed to tons of people everyday.”

The Centers for Disease Control has reported that finding the vaccine may be hard in some areas. There are localized shortages in hard hit areas. The CDC recommended people look for the vaccine at area pharmacies, health centers and doctors.

“We are experiencing the worst flu season since at least 2009, and influenza activity in New York State is widespread, with cases reported in all 57 counties and all five boroughs of New York City,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday.

Cuomo declared a state public health emergency, allowing pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine to patients between 6 months and 18-years-old. Usually, pharmacists can only give it to adults.

The state requested that people with mild flu-like symptoms stay home, unless a doctor advises them to go to the hospital. Emergency rooms have been flooded with flu cases.

To find a flu vaccine near you, log onto http://flushot.healthmap.org or call 1-800-522-5006