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Clinics in Mid-South are running out of flu vaccines

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(WMC-TV) - The McKnight Clinic in Somerville sees hundreds of patients every week. 
 
But now, those patients can't get a flu shot because they've run out of it.
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Nurse practitioner Stacey Rich said flu season is only going to get worse.
 
"We ordered 800 and we've given all of ours. We've been out since before Christmas so we're advising patients to go to Walgreens or Wal-Mart," said Rich.
 
She said she's seeing high numbers of both strains of the flu virus.
 
"As far as nationally, 41 states are reporting widespread flu, Tennessee is one of them. It does seem it's the worse in the southeast," she added.
 
Rich said flu season hit the Mid-South early this year.
 
She said the earlier it hits, the worse the epidemic.
 
She advised the public to get tested if they feel flu symptoms like aching, fever, and chills.
 
Checking to see if you have the flu is actually as simple as a Q-tip swab in the nose.
 
Rich said this is the worst flu outbreak she's seen in several years.
 
In fact, her clinic had 200 vaccines left last year.
 
She said the flu is a respiratory virus and can be spread easily.
 
"Anybody who's coughing, sneezing or even talking...if they have the virus, they can transmit it up to six feet. So stay away from large crowds and people who have symptoms," added Rich.
 
Health officials said drugs like Tamiflu can help lessen the longevity of the flu, but if you get it, expect it to last seven to 10 days.

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