Demand outstrips supply for free flu shots in Plano

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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WFAA

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 12 at 12:11 PM

PLANO — A deadly flu outbreak in North Texas has spurred demand for vaccinations.

A free flu shot clinic in Plano on Saturday afternoon was overwhelmed with hundreds of people seeking the immunization.

The clinic, at the Chase Oaks Family Center, 1890 Avenue K, was scheduled to be open from noon until 4 p.m., providing vaccinations for people from 6 months old to 64 years old. But health officials were forced to tell some people to go home because there wasn't enough of the medication to meet the demand.

An online Flu Vaccine Finder is available to indicate where flu shots are available, although it is recommended that potential patients call the provider in advance to ensure that the medication is still available.

The WFAA Flu Information Center has a variety of related information, including direct links to county health departments which regularly offer free or low-cost immunizations.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that influenza is currently "widespread" across Texas and in most other states. There have been at least 32 flu-related deaths reported in North Texas this season — 26 in Dallas County, three in Denton County, two in Tarrant County, and one in Wise County.

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