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Flu vaccine supplies limited in Yakima County

Due to an increase in demand, seasonal flu vaccines are hard to come by in Yakima County.

That's according to the Yakima Health District, which cites increased production demands on manufacturers as another reason.

The health district is encouraging residents to check with their health care providers to see if vaccines are available there. Vaccine clinic information and availability is also collected and posted on the Yakima Health District website at www.yakimapublichealth.org by date and city.

In the meantime, they are encouraging prevention methods, like frequent hand washing with soap and water (or using hand sanitizer if soap is unavailable), staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes with elbows and sleeves.

Influenza, they say, is regularly seen in February and March, hence there should still be time to get vaccinated.

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