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No flu vaccine shortage in Iowa

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a statement saying that some flu vaccine shipments have been delayed. But that should have little impact in Iowa.

“Right now in the market there's plenty of what they call the trivalent vaccine which is the one that about 90-percent of the population gets here in the United States,” said John Forbes, a pharmacist with Medicap in Urbandale.  “The ones that we're having a little bit of trouble getting a hold of right now is the flu mist which is a nasal version of the flu vaccine and also the high dose vaccine which is really designed for people over age 65 with a lot of heath conditions.”

The flu season generally starts around December 1. But experts say, because it takes the vaccine a couple of weeks to work, you should probably get your shot before mid-November.

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