As health officials continue to push the flu vaccine, some locations that offer it say they have limited supplies. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti spoke with the Erie County's Health Commissioner and local stores about what you need to know if you still want to get immunized.
DEPEW, N.Y. -- With widespread flu across the country and a public health emergency here in New York, Patrick Kelly went to a Wegmans Pharmacy Monday to get the vaccine.
"There's been so many things on the TV about the expanse of problems with the flu, that was one aspect. The other aspect is my wife has been nagging the heck outta me to come," said Kelly.
Wegmans says last flu season, it immunized about 18,457 people in its 80 stores. They've already immunized more than 31,000 so far this season.
"We do have flu vaccine at all area Wegmans in limited supply. We would encourage our customers to call ahead though, because we are seeing increased interest in people coming in and getting vaccinated," said Theresa Jackson, a spokesperson for Wegmans.
A spokesperson for Tops says they also encourage customers to call before coming in for a flu shot because of the limited quantity available.
But Erie County's Commissioner of Health says there's no need to worry.
"There is plenty of flu vaccine out there. Some offices have run out, because the demand this year has been greater than last year. So far, this year, we're not predicting any flu vaccine shortages," said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Health Commissioner.
Jackson says many Wegmans stores are receiving increased shipments, "We're working with our suppliers so that as the vaccine comes in, we have it available for our customers."
Burstein says the vaccine is really on target for the major strains circulating this season, and while it's about 60 percent effective,"60 is a much bigger number than zero. So there's no reason not to get immunized against the flu," she said.
The Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York has flu vaccination clinics scheduled for this week. You can also find vaccination information from the Erie County Health Department and use the CDC's Vaccine Finder.