The unpredictable and deadly flu season has many on edge

Health

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Your primary care physician may be running low or simply out of the flu vaccine, but there is no shortage of it according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Mostly experts say it’s due to the high demand and the early severe flu season.

If you walk into the New Haven Health Department Clinic, it’s available.

Emergency Response Coordinator Terry Cooper says, “We’ve got a threshold – roughly around 3 – 4 hundred doses that if we go below that– we re-order.”

The doors here are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, and until 7 on Thursdays.

He says, “We’ve re-ordered probably four times since October. So far we’ve given 21 hundred doses – through various outlets. So that would be through the health department as well as our schools and satellite clinics.”

Zek Bartolini is finally getting the flu shot.

“At least three years or more, I haven’t had one in a long time. So what made you change your mind this time? I’ve heard that it’s been a very bad flu season and I sometimes get sick so I figured lets fight it before anything else happens.”

The CDC waning the virus can spread when infected people cough, sneeze or talk and by touching contaminated areas.

So wash your hands:

*Before handling food and after you use the restroom.

*After ordering a meal at restaurants – regular and touch screen menus are where germs tend to lurk.

*And grab a paper towel — to cover gas pump handles before you fill up.

Be sure to wipe down;

*Cell phone and avoid sharing with others.

*Don’t forget the equipment at the gym, especially weight machine handles and dumbbells.

*Also use those anti-bacterial wipes to clean off grocery cart handles.

This is also a good time to train yourself not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth as much this flu season.

They are main entry points for germs.

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