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News Bytes:Holiday shoppers on the prowl for bargains this weekend & Burbank flu shot shortage

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Shoppers are expected to flood stores and malls today

On the last weekend before Christmas, there are predictions shoppers will get real serious about their gift buying. Retailers are hoping to be swamped by folks looking for bargains and last minute gift ideas. No matter how good the numbers are this weekend, some analysts say they won’t be good enough to boost the holiday season into the black for retailers.

Also, a snowstorm may slow down shoppers back east. Locally, the forecast is for sunny skies with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, So folks here can shop till they drop in near perfect weather.  More on the Super Weekend Shopfest here.

In Burbank flu shots hard to find

Still need to get a flu shot or two?  Now is definitely the time to get vaccinated because a lot of folks get sick with influenza this time of year. The latest news from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is that there are over 2.4 million doses of H1N1 vaccine in the county and, therefore, it is now available to everyone, not just those in the high risk groups.

Last Tuesday, in a news release posted on the county H1N1 web page, L.A. County Health Office Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding announced the policy change: “Adequate vaccine supply has arrived in Los Angeles County, allowing providers to administer H1N1 vaccine to any patient over the age of six months…”

However, there still appears to be a shortage of the H1N1 and or the seasonal vaccine in areas of Burbank. Last Tuesday, I checked at the Pavilions’ pharmacy at 1110 Alameda Avenue, and was told they ran out of the seasonal flu vaccine on Monday and NEVER received a supply of H1NI vaccine.

However, I managed to track down some available flu shots at the CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic at 511 Hollywood Way. They had both the H1N1 and the seasonal vaccines on Wednesday, but the staff told me they did not know how long the supply would last or if it would be replenished. So you might want to add flu shots to your holiday to-do list.

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3 Responses to News Bytes:Holiday shoppers on the prowl for bargains this weekend & Burbank flu shot shortage

  1. NadiaM Monday, December 21, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    An easy way to find out where H1N1 and Flu vaccines are available, check out Medtipster. Its this cool new search engine that does all the hard work for you. It enables you to locate low-cost, generic prescriptions including H1N1 and flu shots from reputable pharmacies in your area. On the site’s homepage, you just click the flu shot tab on the top of the page followed by the H1N1. Then all you have to do is fill out the shot and your zip code and Medtipster will direct you to the least expensive retailer. It’s a great money-saving tool that makes finding affordable prescriptions easy…google search “Medtipster” and check it out.

  2. DixieFlyer Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 3:35 am #

    Thanks for the info on a Real World pursuit of shots.
    Many have commented that the ins-n-outs of age, physical conditions, type of “shot” etc. has been confusing and frustrating.
    Maybe, you would choose to assess the way the “media” have handled this one as a critique?
    Thanks again, and Merry Christmas.

  3. Fronnie Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm #


    We have been bombarded by campaigns telling the public to get flu shots. A lot of effort and money have gone into these campaigns. However, for weeks now I’ve been hearing about how hard flu shots are to get. There is definitely something wrong somewhere.

    L.A. County Public Health says there is plenty of vaccine supply in our area. Last week, I checked the Glendale Public Health Center at 501 North Glendale Avenue and the person on the phone told me they were out of both flu vaccines and did not expected to get ANY new supplies. There is something wrong somewhere.

    I don’t know what to say about the rest of the media concerning this dilemma. Perhaps they have not heard about the shortage of flu shots in the Real World.

    Still, I think it is worth the effort to search for flu shots.

    Oh, Happy Holidays to you as well.

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