With flu season yet to peak, Salt Lake Valley Health Department officials are reminding residents there's still time to get a flu shot, though their vaccine supplies for the season could soon be gone.
"Of the 12,500 doses SLVHD received this season, we only have about 1,000 doses of 'private-pay' vaccine left, 105 of which are the nasal vaccine FluMist," said Sharon Moon, immunizations coordinator for the department. "We also have another 1,000 doses available to those who qualify for the federal Vaccines For Children program."
Statewide so far this season, there have been 23 hospitalizations for influenza and flulike illness levels remain low, according to the Utah Department of Health. Whether it will remain so is impossible to predict.
"I know many people think that after the holidays it is too late for a flu shot, but it's not," Moon says.