As flu season worsens, vaccine begins to dry up

MUKILTEO, Wash. -- Washington is among the 47 states on the front lines of a massive flu outbreak.

Making the situation more frightening, clinics, doctors and pharmacies across the country are beginning to run out of the flu vaccine. That's making it difficult for some of the most vulnerable people -- children -- to get the help they need.

It's all about supply and demand, and the Everett Clinic's Pediatric Center was a hotspot on Tuesday after getting its hands some vaccine. The clinic opened a half day flu clinic for kids only.

You know the flu season is bad when even a 5-year-old girl like Olivia understands why prevention is better than treatment.

"I'm getting a spray in my nose," Olivia said. "Because I don't want to get sick."

Olivia and her grandmother made the haul from Lake Stevens to Mukilteo because the Everett Clinic was the only spot they could find available flue vaccine.

"We've been very busy this season," said Dr. Jack Stephens. "We actually added in an extra 33 patients yesterday because of illness, so we are seeing lots and lots of sick kids."

The Everett Clinic has given out 50,000 flu shots this season, which is the most in the clinic's history. Officials say they keeping giving the shots as long as the supply lasts.

Six people in Washington have already died because of the flu this season, and Stephens said he thinks it's so bad because too many people opted not to get a flu shot. Now vaccine suppliers are running out of the meds.

"When it is so prevalent in the community, you are going to get exposed," Stephens said.

There is still flu vaccine available in our state, and you can find out where you can get the shot online.