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So. Ariz. residents rush to get flu shot

So. Ariz. residents rush to get flu shot

CREATED Jan 13, 2013

Reporter: Cory Marshall

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Like so many across Southern Arizona, Tucson resident Alexander Howe is batting a bug.

"I've been coughing a lot and my nose is running," Howe said. 

But how do you know whether you have the flu or the common cold?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common flu symptoms include: 

-- Chills 

-- Muscle aches 

-- Fever

-- Cough

In Pima County, residents are hoping to avoid those symptoms by getting a flu shot.

"We've done quite a few, especially in the last week. We saw a real spike in the number of flu vaccines we were doing," Tucson pharmacist Bennet Jordison told 9OYS. 

Such a spike, his particular pharmacy is running low on the vaccine. 

Last week, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced flu activity statewide is officially widespread. Widespread is the highest category possible. 

"Everybody is doing it -- Especially parents who want to get their kids vaccinated because that's important," Jordison continued.

According to Jordison, the shortage is not cause for concern as more vaccines are on the way. 

"If anybody needs their shot there is always a place still to get it -- At least for now, " Jordison said.  is not cause for concern as more vaccines are on the way. 

"If anybody needs their shot  there is always a place still to get it -- At least for now, " Jordison said.