Flu Outbreak Straining Vaccine Supplies
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DE PERE-- Doctors say the numbers of influenza infections are as much as three times higher than the last two flu seasons. As the flu epidemic seeps the state, the vaccine could be hard to find.
Kend Bond is a pharmacist with more than 30 years experience. He's never seen a flu outbreak quite like this.
"This is definitely the peak that I’ve ever seen it as far as severity," Bond said.
The flu outbreak is causing a shortage of vaccinations.
At this Shopko pharmacy in De Pere , they are expecting a shipment early next week.
"We have access to like six different companies that produce that and all six companies are unavailable right now,” Bond said.
Dr. Michael Landrum says about 94% of Bellin health employees already have their flu shots.
"Those who aren't vaccinated here at Bellin are instructed they have to wear a mask during the influenza year when they are here at work,” Dr. Landrum said.
According to health studies, the vaccine is about 62% effective. To avoid getting sick, health care workers are taking extra precautions, including using masks and increasing hand washing.
The largest flu vaccine maker in the U.S. says it is sold out of four of the six dosages of the vaccine. A company spokesperson says they will not be making any more this year because they are focusing on producing shots for next flu season.