LONGVIEW — As the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, influenza vaccine is getting tougher to find across Longview. “We’re getting lots of phone calls asking if we have the shots,” said Shawn Sams, a pharmacist at Louis Morgan Drug No. 4, one of the few places in the city that still has a healthy supply of the vaccine. “People come in and say, ‘I tried this place and that place but they were all out.’” According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Sams said 125 people were vaccinated at the pharmacy Thursday, setting what he believes is a record. It was the same story Friday across Longview, with one pharmacy after another running out of flu vaccine as well as the antiviral prescription medicine that helps lessen symptoms.
Cheryl Herbert, executive director of infection prevention at Good Shepherd Medical Center, said the hospital still had plenty of vaccine and Tamiflu despite being inundated with patients suffering from the viral infection. “This was a rapid attack,” she said. “There were no cases, and suddenly, boom, a large number of cases quite rapidly.”