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Flu outbreak prompts vaccine shortage

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Pharmacies and doctors in North Texas are struggling to keep up with demand for flu vaccine.  Right now, there are thirty suspected or confirmed flu deaths in the DFW area. 

An Urgent Care clinic in North Dallas told FOX 4 that location and three others the company owns are all out of the flu vaccine. 

But there are a lot of patients coming in concerned about the flu. Page McAnear is pretty sure she has a sinus infection, but the mother of three young children is also not willing to take any chances.  "In our pre-school, half of the classes have had exposure so my 4-year-old for sure I'm watching," said McAnear. 

CityDoc Urgent Care Center locations throughout the Metroplex have also seen a surge in patients in recent weeks, with flu concerns topping the list.  Doctor Shiwali Rai advises people to pay close attention to symptoms, and if you suspect it could be the flu, don't delay seeing a doctor.  "Fever, cough, runny nose, body aches… as soon as these symptoms come on, people should definitely seek medical attention and all within the first forty-eight hours," said Doctor Rai. 

Tarrant County has yet to report any flu deaths this season.  Dallas County is reporting 26 flu deaths.  Dallas County's public health department reopens on Monday for those in search of the flu vaccine.

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