Requests for flu shots on the rise

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TRURO - With the notorious flu bug steadily moving eastward across the country, area residents who haven't done so are encouraged to get vaccinated to help ward off being infected.

Truro pharmacist Shelly MacPhee says requests for the flu shot vaccine have been on the rise in recent weeks.

And Krista Wood, spokeswoman for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, said it appears a growing number of people are taking the advice to heart.

"They did see a lot of people taking advantage of that and getting their vaccine through their pharmacies," she said, of local pharmacists who have been ordering an increasing amount of the vaccine.

"It seems to indicate that more people are heeding the warnings and are looking to be vaccinated that hadn't been earlier."

Shelly MacPhee, a pharmacist with MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade, agreed. This is the first season that pharmacists have been able to administer flu shots and MacPhee said they have seen an increasing number of requests in recent weeks.

"There is" a lot of activity, she said, of flu shot inquiries. "Lets just say, from giving one or two vaccinations, we're giving upwards of 20 a day."

And she said many other people are calling to inquire as to when they can get a shot.

One dominant flu strain making the rounds this winter is the H1N1 variety and Wood said that is one of the components that the vaccine is designed to prevent against.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Authority

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