Tis’ the season again. You’ve probably already been approached by that one coworker making sure you got your flu shot. Well, this year, depending on your age and where you live, you might have the ultimate ‘out.’
There’s a flu shot shortage. And it’s beginning to cause panic in pharmacies across states such as Michigan and Wisconsin. High-dose flu vaccines are in high demand in some regions, yet pharmacists claim they can’t get access to more inventory.
Hayat Pharmacy chain CEO, Hashim Zaiback, says that all 15 of his Milwaukee locations are nearly out. He also says people are beginning to panic.
“People start panicking as soon as they hear the word ‘shortage’,” said Zaiback.
The flu shot shortage isn’t limited to Milwaukee, instead, it’s a national issue.
“There are three big wholesalers in the country, and we deal with one of them. They’re out!” said Zaibak.
Most pharmacies have standard flu shots, but reports claim those shots may not help much.
Zaibak says the more potent dose is 25% more effective, so he recommends it to the elderly. He also says his pharmacies are administering record numbers of standard and high-dose flu shots.
“We’ve been noticing a spike in the number of flu vaccines that we are giving compared to the previous year,” said Zaibak.
So if you’re looking for an excuse to take a pass on the flu shot, you might have a pretty good reason this year.
In case you’re wondering, the amped-up flu shot is called Fluzone. It contains four times the antigens that a traditional, standard flu shot contains. It’s commonly given to the elderly. According to some sources, Fluzone is now on a one month delay.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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