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Do Any Pharmacies in Sudbury Have Flu Shots in Stock?

In the latest You Ask, Patch Answers feature, we find out who has the vaccine in stock and when you can get one.

By now you've probably heard how bad of flu season the country is experiencing.

And those of us living in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are in the grips of this epidemic, as well.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts.

If you haven't receiving a flu shot yet, there's a chance you will have to wait a little longer.

According to the town's three pharmacies — Sudbury Pharmacy, Rite Aid and CVS — there are no vaccines available as of noon today.

Sudbury Pharmacy ran out last week and doesn't know for sure when a new shipment is expected, although a shipment later this week is possible.

Rite Aid is expecting more of the vaccine within the next day or two after running out last Thursday, but warned there is already a waiting list and residents should call ahead to make sure it is still in stock.

CVS ran out last Friday but said there is a possibility of a new shipment later today. A drop shipment is scheduled today for CVS, but which stores receive them today is unknown.

According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. 
  • How do you know if you have the virus?

    Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children).

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