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Flu shots are scarce but still out there in Omaha

Flu shots remain available around Omaha, but you may run into a store here or there that is low on a certain type of the vaccine or out altogether.

Walgreens spokeswoman Mai Lee Ua said that because of increased demand for flu shots in recent weeks, “select locations may be experiencing shortages in supply of flu vaccine.” People can call Walgreens pharmacies to find out if the vaccine is available, she said.

Thursday was the chain's busiest day for shots this flu season, Ua said. The total was “more typical of what we would generally see during peak time for shots in October,” she said.

Hy-Vee Supermarkets spokeswoman Ruth Comer said most Omaha Hy-Vees have run out of the shots. She encouraged people to call ahead.

All eight area Kohll's Pharmacy & Homecare locations have the traditional flu shot and the intradermal flu shot, which uses a small needle to minimize pain, said Laurie Dondelinger, a Kohll's spokeswoman. FluMist, a nasal spray, also is available, she said, but it goes fast once a new shipment arrives.

OneWorld Community Health Centers said Monday that it will offer flu shots at 4920 S. 30th St. today, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shots also will be offered Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday of next week during the same times, OneWorld officials said. No appointment is necessary.

OneWorld said it accepts those with insurance, the uninsured and those on Medicaid.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1109, bob.glissmann@owh.com

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