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Flu Shots in Albany Are in Short Supply

Here's where to get a vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.

Update: CVS and the Safeway pharmacy on Solano Avenue, the Walgreens on Gilman and the Target store all reported Saturday that they had run out of the flu shot. They said to check back Sunday or Monday. (12:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12)

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Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Berkeley than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Albany-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)

Overall in California, activity is considered moderate now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.

If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Albany that offer the vaccine:

CVS

Target

Safeway Pharmacy

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According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. 

Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.

Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:

Ross Stapleton-Gray January 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM
NB that the Page Family Foundation is providing flu shots free for kids, through Shoo The Flu, at participating Bay-area Target stores: http://shootheflu.org/where/

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