New Flu Vaccine May Stop Future Shortages

By Stephanie Parkinson

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - The flu outbreak continues and the public's fear of getting sick is leaving many local pharmacies without the vaccine.

But a new development with the Federal Drug Administration could mean this is the last year the United States will have this problem.

Tuesday the FDA approved Flublok. The new vaccine can be made much quicker than the one used right now.

Amy Hyduk, the director of clinical pharmacy services for Lutheran Health Network, says she's very excited about this new option. She believes it could stop vaccine shortages like we are experiencing right now. That’s because Flublok can me developed in 2 months compared to the 6 month timeframe needed for the current flu vaccine.

"It definitely cuts that time by at least two-thirds in the development," said Amy Hyduk, Lutheran Health Network.

Flublok is approved by the FDA but won't available to the public until next flu season.

The current shortage in Fort Wayne is leaving many pharmacies without the flu shot. We called ten CVS pharmacies in Fort Wayne and seven were out of the flu vaccine. Three of those locations don't know when they'll get more in.

Many of the local Walgreens pharmacies have the flu shot right now but warn they're running very low. Some of their stores only have two shots left.

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