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Flu Still Impacting East Coast; Washoe County 'Mild'

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You may have heard about the outbreak of flu that's hitting the east coast and causing some vaccine shortages on the other side of the country.

But where do things stand here?

"Compared with the rest of the country right now, our flu activity in Washoe County is pretty mild, however that's typical for this time of year. We usually don't see the peak of our flu season until late January, into February and early March," says Phillip Ulibarri.

That's not the case in New York and on the east coast, where emergency rooms are overloaded, trying to treat people with the flu. Here in Nevada people have been getting sick, but it's often not the flu.

The Nevada State Health Division reports 22 confirmed cases of the flu since flu season began.

And since it's only January, it's not to late to get the flu shot.

"We have heard stories of supply of flu vaccine not being available in some non-traditional locations like your neighborhood pharmacy or your neighborhood store. However, we have plenty of flu vaccine here at the Health District, but we want to remind people that we are by appointment only, so call ahead of you want to come in for a flu shot."

To schedule an appointment to get a flu shot at the health district, just call 328-2402.

Or you can go to http://www.immunizenevada.org/ for locations.

Update: Several local pharmacies will be getting more flu vaccine this week including Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy in Reno and Incline Village. Managers suggest calling first to make sure the vaccine is available.

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