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Dallas County denies hospital's request for flu vaccines

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The hospital that serves more children than any other in Dallas County is running low on flu vaccines. So on Tuesday Children's Medical Center asked the county for help.

The head of infectious disease at Children's said this flu season is "remarkable because it started so early… and because of the number of patients and the severity of their illness."

The hospital has gone through a lot of flu vaccines.

Dallas County Health and Human Services is really the only place that has an ample supply of the vaccine.  It received 1,000 doses of the flu vaccine on Tuesday and 1,000 more should arrive on Wednesday.

But, Director Zach Thompson told the Commissioner's Court a year-old law prevents him from giving any doses to a hospital or medical provider.

He did ask the state for an exemption or a waiver, but it refused.

"There is no way they can do the waiver. I then asked them to contact the CDC to determine whether we can be expect for the flu vaccine," Thompson said.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn said there are still some vaccines available at Children's, but they are being saved for children who are at highest risk for influenza.

"But I think this is a great reminder of why we should be immunized early in the season," he said.

At the Dallas County jail, inmates who are being booked in are now being screened for fever and flu-like symptoms.

There are 15 confirmed cases of the flu in the jail and officials don't want an outbreak in the confined and crowded space.

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