Flu Shots Demand Rising in Grand Junction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Local medical centers are seeing a large uptick in the amount of people getting vaccinated for the flu virus.
The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center is reporting they have almost run out of flu shots due to the sheer number of veterans being vaccinated this fall. In fact they are seeing almost as many veterans being vaccinated as they saw during the H1N1 outbreak.
VA officials say they predict that by Friday, they will have administered nearly 5,400 shots. This is only 600 less than they gave out from October through May of last year.
Community Hospital official also report they are seeing an increase in the amount of people getting the flu vaccine and have already given more shots this year than last.
Debbie Riggle says health workers, employers and college students are among the people getting their shot.
"I think a lot of people saw how many flu cases we had last year and they just want to be protected," said Barbara Kent, a licensed nurse at the VA Medical Center.
Officials from Community Hospital and the VA Medical Center, they will not run out of shots and have more on the way this November.
Health officials are urging those who have not yet gotten their flu shot this fall to get it now in order to be protected for the winter, because the vaccine will take 2-3 weeks for complete protection.