Many pharmacies running out of flu shots

    11:38 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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    JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - In Jonesboro, many pharmacies are completely out of flu shots.

    "It's a good and a bad thing. I guess it means a lot of people have been getting their flu shot which is obviously what we think is the right thing to do," said Dr. Steven Stroud, an infectious disease physician.

    Doctors suggest if you go to a pharmacy or doctors office to get a flu shot and they are out, keep looking.

    And remember, even if you get a flu shot today, you won't see the effects for a while.

    "It takes about two weeks to get the full effect of it and it's not 100 percent. You're not going to get 100 percent from it, but it is better than nothing. And if you do happen to contract the flu right after you've gotten the flu shot, studies show that your symptoms would still be less severe so it's a good idea," said Stroud.

    If you develop flu like symptoms, it's best to see a doctor within 48 hours. If you catch it early, doctors can give you treatment to help shorten the course of the illness.

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