Some local doctors' offices and pharmacies are running out of the flu vaccine. On Friday, the Southern Nevada Health District said they have plenty of flu vaccines left. However, this weekend many Las Vegas pharmacies and doctor's offices had to turn people away because they were out of stock.
Local resident Dena Mann got her flu shot on Friday. It was just in time, she says, because the pharmacy was packed. "Waiting, waiting and waiting because everyone's been talking about how bad the flu is this year," said Mann, who waited 30 minutes for her shot. It was time well spent since some local medical facilities are now on a waiting list to get more of the vaccine from distributors.
Dr. Daliah Wachs says as cases of the flu multiply in the valley, folks are seeing the effects and flocking to pharmacies to avoid the same fate. Her office ran out of flu shots on Friday. "If nobody around them is sick, they don't think about it. Once they see a coworker or family member sick, they panic and say, 'Now I got to get my flu shot.' So you just saw that rush of people," she explained.
Wachs says it's not clear how long it will take pharmacies to restock the vaccine. A pharmacist at one CVS store said they could have more shots as soon as Monday. An employee at another location said not to expect a new supply until Thursday or later.
Watches says if you don't have your flu shot, you can reduce your chances of getting the flu by washing your hands often, taking Vitamin C and bundling up when venturing into the cold weather.
Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.