Flu Vaccination Supplies Vary


Story Updated: Jan 14, 2013

One day after Governor Cuomo declared a public health emergency to make it easier to get a flu shot, it appeared there were some shortages in the north country.

A spot check Sunday revealed some pharmacies and treatment centers in the Watertown area had few or no doses of the vaccine, while others had more.

"There's been shortages for both the vaccination and also the Tamiflu, which is the medicine that works fairly well to decrease the symptoms and length and duration of the flu," said Wade Swatsworth, a physician's assistant in Watertown.

"It's great to open the floodgates, but if the vaccination isn't available, it's not helpful."

Whether anyone has enough is a question that will be answered by the demand for more shots in the coming week. It's possible there won't be a surge in demand, since public health officials have been urging people to get their flu shots for a couple of months, but it's equally possible Governor Cuomo's declaration of an emergency will prompt many more people to seek flu shots.


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