The Town of Framingham ran out of flu vaccines on Wednesday, said health Director Ethan Mascoop Thursday.
"We are trying to get more," Mascoop said. The town started with 2,500 doses.
Although it is very early into January, the state has reported 18 deaths and more than 5,000 confirmed flu cases this season. The City of Boston declared a public health emergency on Wednesday.
“Last year, we had trouble giving it away because there was not much news about (flu shots) and relatively little flu,” said Mascoop to the Boston Herald. “It’s unfortunate that we have to say we don’t have it. We want to be able to provide it to everyone. That’s our goal.”
Dr. Lauren Smith of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health told the Boston Herald the agency — which allots vaccine to communities based on their previous year’s usage — has distributed more than 75,000 free doses so far this year.
One reason their flu shot stocks have been depleted across the state is because local health departments, including Framingham, have been administering free vaccines since September 2012.
Although the Town of Framingham is out of flu vaccines, Patch heard reports of local phramacies and doctor offices still with vaccines.