Approximately three months ago, county health experts felt this was the year everyone could protect themselves from the flu.
But after dozens of deaths around the country, people scrambled to get vaccinated and a shortage of the vaccine occurred.
"There was a lot of media attention with the early deaths and the public opened up their eyes to how important it is to get vaccinated," said Duane Harmon, Ingham Visiting Nurse & Hospice.
On Tuesday, more than 500 people lined up outside the Ingham Visiting Nurse & Hospice and on Wednesday, more than 700 people waited for a flu shot. Although they closed the clinic on Thursday, office officials remain optimistic about their supply for next week.
"I don't anticipate running out over the weekend. We'll open again on Tuesday at 11am and stay open until 3:30pm or until we run out," said Harmon.
Meanwhile, the Ingham County Health Dept. is out of the flu shot, but what they do have is the FluMist.
Those between the ages of 5 and 49 and are in good health are eligible for it. This form of the vaccine is not covered by insurance, so you'll have to pay $52 out of pocket. Also available at the Health Department is a vaccine for children with chronic disease or those between six months to 23 months old.
Keep in mind no one was able to predict how high the demand for the flu vaccine would be, and now there's even less of a forecast for how long the supply will last.
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Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/fluvac.htm ( The Center for Disease Control Vaccine Information Web site)