BRYAN- Just when we thought flu season is over, it's beginning again. Last year's strain was exceptionally strong and now, people are preparing a head of time to make sure they don't get sick. This year, one Bryan store can't keep the vaccine in stock.
Even those who are afraid of needles are taking precautions against the flu; creating a high demand for the vaccine. Ashley Butts is getting the flu shot to keep herself and her infant healthy.
"What I get exposed to he gets exposed to, so I'd like to keep him from getting the flu," Butts said. She is one of the few able to get the flu shot. They are going quick at HEB's in Bryan and in College Station.
The need for flu shots is keeping Pharmacist Jeenal Patel extremely busy.
"Last year, January, February, there were a lot of flu cases and it was chaos," Patel said.
She said last year's busy season is making it harder to keep enough vaccines in stock.
"Our numbers are very high compared to last year," Patel said. "People are planning early, so it's great."
She said Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease and can even be deadly. She said it's recommended that children, older people, pregnant women and people with health issues get a vaccine because they could become seriously ill if they get the flu.The CDC said the flu season is unpredictable every year and it's not unusual for new strains of the virus to pop up.
"Soreness, really bad sore throat, muscle aches; basically they feel like they've been hit by a car," Patel said.
But the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year, and plenty are rolling into the store to keep up with the high demand.
"I haven't gotten the flu since I've had them," Butts said.
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