Residents getting flu vaccinations due to national epidemic

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Despite a nationwide flu epidemic, local health care providers say they still have plenty of vaccinations to meet the public’s need.

Local pharmacists and medical professionals recently saw an increase in the number of individuals getting flu shots.

"Over the past couple of weeks, we have been giving around 40 to 50 (shots) a day," Walgreen’s pharmacist Jeremy Saunders said. 

"It has slowed down this week," Publix pharmacist Terry Gordon said. "The prior two weeks were like a nightmare." 

Health care providers were tasked with meeting increased demand fueled by residents just learning about influenza cases reported across the country.

Florida is among 47 states considered to have widespread cases of the flu, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recently, vaccination numbers have dwindled. Health insurance should cover the vaccination; out-of-pocket cost is around $25.  

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