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Flu Vaccine Supplies Running Low

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) In the peak of a deadly flu epidemic, health officials say that doctor's offices are running low on the flu shot. 

"I have hand sanitizer everywhere we go. If you ask my kids they'll tell you, mommy is a little worried about the flu," said Beth Hourigan, a mother of three. 

She decided to get her kids vaccinated.

"At least it gives us a little bit of coverage we feel like, or a little bit more than without," she said.

This year's flu shot is about 20% effective, according to reports, so many wonder if getting the flu shot is even worth it. Dr. Elizabeth Hawse, a pediatrician at Commonwealth Pediatrics says it is.

"Definitely, there's a much lower risk of hospitalization, pneumonia, or death from flu, if you've had the flu vaccine," she said.

It's not too late to get the shot, but it could be too late to easily find it. They have exhausted their supply at Commonwealth Pediatrics. 

"A lot of the providers and the pharmacies ordered for this year long, long ago, so there's no more flu vaccine to be ordered," said Dr. Hawse.

Experts say we have yet to hit peak flu season. 

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