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Flu vaccine shortages haven't hit the Panhandle yet

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Spot shortages of the flu vaccine across the nation have not hit the Panhandle yet.

Sporadic shortages of the vaccine have been reported across the nation as this year's tough flu season continues.

Flu season usually peaks in January or February and can last until May.

This year's started early, and with more cases than normal.

Sandy Preston, a Nurse at Regional West Medical Center, says they're not seeing a shortage of vaccines here.

Preston recommends the elderly and children under two get their vaccines as soon as possible, because it takes a week to work within the body.

"At the present time we're looking primarily at those of high risk, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic health concerns."

Preston says they go by the F.D.A standards when it comes to shortages and it's unclear if we'll see shortages in the Panhandle down the road.

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