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No shortage of flu vaccine in California, health officials say

January 14, 2013 |  5:40 pm

Students pass a sign outside a Rite Aid pharmacy in Oakland. Health officials say there's no shortage of flu vaccine in California.
Public health officials said Monday there is no shortage of the flu vaccine anywhere in California, despite anecdotal reports of people having a difficult time finding a place to get the shot.

Some local pharmacies may have temporarily run out of the vaccine, but there is ample supply in Los Angeles County, according to a spokesman for the county Public Health Department.

To find out where to get a flu shot, residents are urged to check the Public Health Department website.

California public health officials are preparing for an increase in flu patients and are carefully watching other states, where the influenza outbreak has been much more severe. The flu tends to peak in the state in February or March.


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Photo: Students walk past a sign outside a Rite Aid pharmacy in Oakland. Credit: John G. Mabanglo / EPA