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Reports of flu cases leads to availability of vaccines

Reports of flu cases leads to availability of vaccines. Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (ABC7 photo)

Some pharmacies and doctor’s offices started offering the flu vaccine in mid-August.

“If you say, ‘It’s too early, I’m going to wait,’ what you might miss is the fact that there will be flu in your community next week and you thought you had a multiple week head start and you don’t,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Fauci says flu cases have already been reported.

“We’re already seeing the beginning, so the better part of valor would be, if you think about it, do it,” Dr. Fauci said.

A CVS store in Germantown had signs posted in front of their store and throughout the parking lot letting customers know that the flu shot is available.

Family HealthCare in Germantown has already been giving the vaccine to their staff and patients.

“We order our vaccine based on how much we needed the year before. So, we ordered a fair amount of vaccine and typically get through all of it,” said Dr. Megan Wollman-Rosenwald, who has been with the practice for 14 years.

Wollman-Rosenwald says patients have been calling to ask if the flu vaccine is available.

Fauci says it’s still too soon to be able to say whether or not flu season will peak early. They’ll know better in the next several weeks.

“Usually when you have a severe season one year, you don’t necessarily follow it up with a severe season the next year,” Fauci explained.

He stresses the importance of getting the flu shot.

“One thing we need to make clear to the viewers is that you should certainly get it before the end of October,” he said.

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