Flu vaccine available despite spot shortages

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The recent media reports of a flu epidemic have sent Oregonians scurrying to get shots, causing some pharmacies to temporarily run out the vaccine.

State health officials say the vaccine became available in late August and demand for it had pretty much died down before a wave of national stories about the hard-hitting flu season.

Despite spot shortages, Oregon immunization program manager Lorraine Duncan says the vaccine is available and those who are persistent can get it. She urged residents to get a shot, noting that the state's flu season typically peaks in February and the vaccine needs a couple weeks to take effect.

To find out where to get a flu shot, call SafeNet at 2-1-1 or visit and enter your zip code in the flu vaccine finder.