The Centers for Disease Control recommended that everyone get the flu vaccine starting on Monday, but in some places in East Texas, that is not happening. Those wanting to get their flu shots, may have to wait a little longer.
The supply at the Northeast Texas Public Health District is limited. They are only providing flu shots, at this time, to those who are considered high risk. Health District officials say they are working with the state and suppliers to get more vaccines. Nick Sciarrini, Director of Northeast Texas Public Health District says, "For this window of time, let's say from October to mid November, there is going to be a problem for individuals who, even though by CDC guidelines can get their flu shots, their going to have trouble finding the vaccine." Health District officials say they're the safety nets to help those who cannot get the vaccine at primary care providers.
Now, there are still some places where you can get the flu vaccine. We checked with the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler, who said it will still have its flu shot clinic on November 4th, 5th and 6th, during normal mall hours. It is first come first serve. And, the Health Department in Cherokee County still has shots available. They're open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:00 am - Noon and 1:00 pm - 5:45 pm.