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Patients wait for new flu vaccine

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A new flu vaccine has been released that researchers believe will offer more protection, but some pharmacists say it's hard to get from manufactures.

During autumn and winter months health clinics are flooded with four-staters looking to get the flu shot.

Local health officials say flu season has arrived, although patients looking to receive a shot may be told to turn around. 

"Probably 1,200 shots this year and that's just been in the last three in a half weeks," said Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas Director of Pharmacy Kenneth Wood. 

Wood says they're out of adult flu shots after manufactures in mid-production changed the vaccination. 

"It's been hard to come by," said Wood. 

Earlier this year the Food and Drug Administration approved a flu shot called quadrivalent, previously doctors used trivalent.

The new influenza shot will offer protection against four flu-like viruses.

"They had really bad outbreak of the B virus that was not in the vaccine so there for all those people that got the influenza shot weren't covered," said Wood. 

Pharmacist say patients have favored the new flu shot but they'll have to wait.  

Wood says, "It's just for the broader coverage so we make sure the patient is getting the best coverage for their influenza shot."  

 

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