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Some Bay Area Residents Having Trouble Tracking Down Flu Shot

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A man receives a flu shot. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

A man receives a flu shot. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – If you haven’t had your flu shot yet, you or someone you know is probably regretting skipping the injection.

So far, California has not been hit as hard as the rest of the country, but doctors have said that will likely change.

Public health officials have said that the best option for finding a flu shot at this point is to go to your doctor’s office because they get their doses from a different suppliers than big box stores, which are running out.

Some states with excess supply will share with states in need, but California is not sharing with states where the flu is widespread. Instead, any excess will likely be saved for the peak of California’s flu season.

While many customers have grown frustrated trying to track down a flu shot, the website Health Map Vaccine Finder can help you track down nearby vaccines using your zip code. (Follow-up phone calls are still recommended as availability can change quickly).

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