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Getting vaccinated

Pharmasave Kelowna on Lakeshore Road had planned on having three flu clinics this week, but after Castanet's story about the shortage of flu vaccinations in the area, their phones rang off the hook.

They decided to allow the vaccinations to go on a first call, first serve basis.

The Webster family were one of the lucky few to call ahead and book three shots for themselves.

Mom, Trisha Webster, says she has never got the shot before but felt this year it was necessary for them all to.

“This is the first time I have received a flu shot but I just think that being in the age category that is susceptible, which is 20-55 and school aged children, plus we travel quite a bit, I just think it is important,” shared Trisha.

The shot is free for her husband as his dad is in a retirement care centre but will cost for her and her daughter, a fee she says is nominal and worth it.

“I have had friends that have had the flu as of late and it has completely levelled them for at least one to two weeks so it is just precautionary I guess,” says Trisha.

Her daughter Tatum who is in elementary school still remembers the flu a few years ago that took our many in her classroom.

“A couple years ago it really went around and a lot of kids in my class got it, they were really sick and had to go to the hospital,” said Tatum.

The Webster's say they know the shot is in short supply and were happy the pharmacy they called still had some left.

“This was the first pharmacy I called because it is our local pharmacy and they fortunately said yes but I have had friends who have called several pharmacies who have said they are out.”

And the end of the day if it prevents them from being smacked with the flu it is worth the short term pain of the shot and fear of needles.

“I think prevention is worth it, I think it is best to have it. I mean we might still get some sort of flu but it seems like it is quite a harsh flu this year given the amount of people I heard in the Okanagan that have had H1N1 and a person dying here,” adds Trisha.

Click here for the current update on which pharmacies in the Okanagan still have some shots in stock.

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