Nearly half of this season's flu supply has been eliminated. Now, people two to 65 years of age are being asked to hold off on getting their flu shot. But if you're in that category, don't panic, there are preventative steps you can take to help you stay flu-free.
It's a common sight now-a-days, a doctor fielding questions from a concerned mother, but no vaccine to ease her worries.
"I think a lot of clinics are in the same boat. We're waiting for something, anything," says Dr. Brian Mudry of Professional Medical Center."
It seems like common sense, but Dr. Mudry says the best way to prevent the flu is to wash your hands, and that's not all. Dr. Mudry says you should also avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you’re sick to prevent others from catching the flu and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. They could carry germs, and if it's too late to heed this warning, don't wait to see your doctor.
"If you're sick you need to see a doctor right away. If you're seen within 48 hours there are some medications that you can use to lessen the symptoms," says Dr. Mudry.
Although the situation seems bleak, health officials say it's still not time to panic.
"We managed to ship out yesterday I think about 13,000 doses of the vaccine. We are going to use them primarily in our county health department system for children who are in high risk group," says Dr. John Agwunobi, Florida's health secretary.
The Bay County Health Department has received a small shipment of the vaccine and may start giving it out to high risk children on Monday.
Dr. Mudry will have an hour-long seminar on preventing the flu Friday, October 29. It will be held at the Professional Medical Center on Middle Beach Road.