Flu vaccine shortages are being reported in a number of states. Finding vaccine for children can be especially difficult.
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DURATION: 1:06-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:SOURCE - KOMO / COURTESY KOMONEWS.COM, EMBARGO WESTERN WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, TACOMA, EVERETT, BELLINGHAM, OLYMPIA, EMBARGO CANADA)Location/Date: Snohomish County, Washington / January 121. SOUNDBITE: CORINA WILSON/FLU PATIENT(transcript below)---ASSOCIATED PRESS / AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York / January 112. Close. Flu Vaccine papers3. Mid. Patient and Medical worker in doctor's office4. Mid. Woman's sleeve rolled up, cleaned5. Close, shot being prepared---SOURCE: WICS - COURTESY WICS, EMBARGO SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS6. SOUNDBITE: STEVEN O'MARRO / INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST(transcript below)7. Mid. Flu shot sign8. Mid. Whooping Cough vaccine sign---SOURCE: WABC - COURTESY WABC-TVNew York / January 139. Wide, Rite Aid exterior10. Wide. Woman walks into Rite Aid11. Wide. Pathmark exterior12. Close. CVS Sign13. Close/pan CVS Sign14. SOUNDBITE / NO NAME AVAILABLE (transcript below)15. Close. Flu Shots Here sign16. Close. Flu vaccine box17. Mid. Door to pharmacy18. Wide, people walking into pharmacy---ASSOCIATED PRESS/ AP CLIENTS ONLYNEW YORK / JANUARY 1119. Close, flu vaccine being prepared20. Close. Alcohol rubbed on armVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:SOUNDBITE: CORINA WILSON/FLU PATIENT" "Wednesday I just started feeling like crap. And by Wednesday night I took myself to the emergency room."TRACK-1THERE'S AT LEAST ONE SIGN THE NATION MAY BE GETTING OVER ITS MASSIVE FLU OUTBREAK.THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL REPORTS THAT THE NUMBER OF HARD-HIT STATES ACTUALLY FELL LAST WEEK, EVEN AS THE NUMBER WHERE FLU IS WIDESPREAD WENT UP.FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE RECOMMENDING FLU SHOTS.SOUNDBITE (WICS): STEVEN O'MARRO/INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST"there is reported to be a good match for the flu vaccine this year, but I have a lot of people who refuse flu shots because they're afraid of them." TRACK-2ANOTHER PROBLEM: A NUMBER OF STATES ARE REPORTING FLU VACCINE SHORTAGES.NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO DECLARED A FLU EMERGENCY OVER THE WEEKEND.THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER LETS PHARMACISTS GIVE FLU VACCINE TO ANYONE UNDER 18.BUT PARENTS ARE FINDING SOME PHARMACIES AREN'T READY TO COMPLY WITH THE GOVERNOR'S ORDERS.SOUNDBITE (WABC): (NO NAME) 'he seemed like he wanted to do it, but he was told by his boss not to.''were not insured to cover children.'TRACK-3NEARLY 130-MILLION DOSES OF FLU VACCINE WERE DISTRIBUTED THIS YEAR, AND ABOUT 112-MILLION HAVE BEEN USED.SANDY KOZEL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.