County Health confirms one case of the flu in Monroe County

Posted at: 10/24/2013 1:40 PM
Updated at: 10/24/2013 5:12 PM
By: Berkeley Brean

The Monroe County Public Health Department says it has confirmed one case of the flu in the county. It doesn't come as a shock since the flu season starts November 1st. 

Public Health spokesman John Ricci called the confirmation "not remarkable," saying it's "about when we expect to see it."

Ricci doesn't know the make-up of the person with the flu, saying only that the patient went to see the doctor, the doctor ordered tests and those tests confirmed the flu. 

Because of this, we wondered if the is enough flu vaccine in the area. 

Ricci says there is an "adequate supply" of the vaccine. However, because more and more entities are getting doses -- like urgent care centers and pharmacies (historically the vaccine doses went to doctors' offices) -- you may find some doctors' offices don't have their usual supply. Ricci says there is a finite amount of doses made every year -- usually around 130 million. 

"So given that there's only X amount that's manufactured, it's shared among more people, so it can result in instances where there are haves and have nots, where some have it and some don't," Ricci said. 

"Is there any cause for concern for the public?" I asked. 

"At this point in time I'm not aware of anything that should cause people to be concerned," Ricci said. 

News10NBC called a random sample of doctors offices, pharmacies and urgent care centers and each one said it had a supply of vaccines. 

We are going to a flu shot clinic in Perinton this afternoon. It's operated by Flu Prevention Partners. 

Watch our live report from the clinic tonight on News10NBC at 5.