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Flu shots reportedly running low

01/27/2014 3:36 PM

01/28/2014 10:17 PM

My colleague, Claudia Buck, and I finally went for our flu shots. Apparently, plenty of people preceded us.

Our neighborhood pharmacist said the outlet only has 19 flu shots remaining. She’d heard of other retail pharmacies running out. Kaiser Permanente had shortages in portions of Northern California, but restocked.

Luckily, the only shots remaining at our pharmacy were the kinds that puncture only the skin, not the muscle. The needle was just a stub. It didn’t hurt much at all.

We learned that it’ll take up to 10 days to build up full immunity, and to wash our hands frequently until then.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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