Flu shot shortages cause worry for East Texans

POSTED: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 3:49pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 2:51am

We've heard so much about the threat of the flu this season- from swine flu to seasonal flu, people are rushing to get vaccinated, and we're told that's causing many places to run out of shots completely.

With the swine flu and seasonal flu looming, the number one piece of advice you've probably heard is "get your flu shots."

But what if you're too late?

With the high demand for shots this season, many health centers are running low, or are completely out, of the vaccine.

Health officials say, they're hoping to get more, but it may take a while.

But good news for east texans, officials from East Texas Medical Center say they may have a little more time before weathering the flu storm.

"The good news for us in this area is that our flu doesn't normally come to use until December or January," says Barbara Hodo. "So we've got perhaps a little bit longer than some folks when the flu strikes in the early fall and winter."

Follow this link to answer all your seasonal and swine flu questions: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/txflu/default.shtm

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'If you or your child are injured from getting a flu swine flu shot, you are on your own. Congress has shielded the vaccine manufacturers and any person giving swine flu shots from lawsuits if people get hurt. There is no funded government vaccine injury compensation program for swine flu vaccine.

Do NOT let a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health problem you or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence and allow more shots to be given until you know for sure. The most tragic cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms are dismissed as a 'coincidence" and more vaccines are given that result in more severe symptoms -- and sometimes end with permanent brain and immune system damage or death.'


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