Health officials advise early flu shots amid concerns of possible shortage

Dr. Jennifer Ashton talks about a possible shortage of some flu vaccinations this year and when the best time is to get the vaccine.
1:38 | 10/16/19

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Now to a warning about flu season and new concerns about a possible vaccine shortage as health officials are urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here with more and, doc, thank you, of course. We're hearing reports of shortages. What do we know and what do you recommend for people who can't find a flu shot? Well, first of all, the shortage reports are a little bit contradictory. The CDC and the manufacturers are saying absolutely not. There is no shortage. There's plenty for the season which is probably true. But sporadically we are hearing reports from Syracuse, from Milwaukee, my own mother went to five pharmacies in northern new Jersey yesterday. They were all out of the vaccine for adults over the age of 65. We know that 70% to 0% of deaths occur in that age group. Important for those individuals to try and get the vaccines that is recommended for ages 65 and over but for the general public, plenty of vaccine. The CDC says you should get vaccinated by the end of October. Yeah. What is it about the timing of that? Well, it all has to do with playing kind of a guessing game. We know it takes about two weeks to get the optimal amount of immune protection from the we also know that the peak flu season we normally see in February but we don't know until it's behind us and to be crystal clear, Michael, we see cases of influenza all throughout the year. We have already unfortunately seen deaths so people need to not delay if it means not getting it at all. Get it now. By the end of October, by Halloween. All right. There you go. Doc said it. I'm going to make a house call to Dan Abrams. Dan needs you. Coming up here following in

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