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Flu vaccines not available at some Auburn locations

State health officer says California has no shortage of vaccine
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Influenza prevention tips

n Wash your hands often, with soap and water

n If there’s no water, use an alcohol-based rub

n Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

n Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

n High-risk groups, including the elderly and pregnant women, who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately

n Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue

Source: California Department of Public Health 

 

AUBURN CA - Want a flu shot?

On Monday, while pharmacy chains were continuing to advertise their availability, a check at CVS, Walgreen’s and Rite-Aid locations in Auburn by the Journal found that none had the vaccine available for the general populace.

Questions about the cause of the unavailability of the availability at Walgreen’s on New Airport Road and CVS on Elm Avenue were referred to corporate press relations offices, none of which were available by press deadline.

The lack of flu-shot availability apparently doesn’t affect people age 65 or over, who staff at store locations in Auburn said were being prioritized and continue to get the vaccinations.

Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public  Health, issued a statement late last week saying that while California is seeing an increase in flu activity, it is not an unexpected increase. He said there is no shortage of vaccine in California and the flu season peak is still several weeks away.  

Chapman said that it is still not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.

“California is seeing an accelerated increase in flu activity over the past few weeks,” Chapman said. “The best defense against the flu is getting vaccinated.”

Outside the Walgreen’s store in North Auburn, local resident Jane Smith said that she’s feeling good going into the height of the flu season. She was vaccinated against the flu six weeks ago, she said.

“I always get one,” Smith said. “It makes sense because it has been proven to keep the worst kinds of flu away. And it has been successful.”

While some drug stores are without the vaccine, Sunrise Natural Foods is providing products designed to fight the flu and its impacts.

Sunrise product consultant Sara Miller said that the store has already seen an influx of customers looking for help from products as simple as garlic and oil of oregano capsules to more all-inclusive products such as immunity building Wellness Formula.

“The flu season starts as early as September and gets really bad in November and December,” Miller said.

The lack of flu vaccine isn’t isolated in Auburn at a few pharmacies. The Associated Press reported that some New York pharmacies and clinics were reporting Monday that they’re running out of flu vaccine – prompted by reports of widespread outbreaks. But the New York City Health Department said the shortages are in individual locations and don’t reflect a larger supply problem.

The federal Centers for Disease Control said 47 states are reporting widespread outbreaks and that the flu season is earlier and busier than in recent years.

According to the state health office, its surveillance indicators are signaling influenza activity in California is starting to show a steady increase. The California flu season normally peaks in February or March.

 

Influenza prevention tips

n Wash your hands often, with soap and water

n If there’s no water, use an alcohol-based rub

n Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

n Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

n High-risk groups, including the elderly and pregnant women, who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately

n Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue

Source: California Department of Public Health