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Published October 21, 2009, 05:11 PM

Flu Meds Flying Off Shelves

An unusually active flu season and the threat of H1N1 has some on high alert and stocking up on flu related items. And now many pharmacies can't keep their shelves stocked. From Tylenol to Advil, to Vitamins. Some just aren't taking the risk. They're hitting the pharmacy shelves before the flu hits them.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

An unusually active flu season and the threat of H1N1 has some on high alert and stocking up on flu related items. And now many pharmacies can't keep their shelves stocked. From Tylenol to Advil, to Vitamins. Some just aren't taking the risk. They're hitting the pharmacy shelves before the flu hits them.

Dennis Johnson: "They're aware of it its more out there I think they're just scare and going to get it."

At Wall's Pharmacy they can barely keep the shelves stocked with flu related items.The owner Dennis Johnson says it's one of the worst flu seasons he can remember, but its also a lot of hype, that not everyone is playing into.

Mike Mcgurran: "I think we're over reacting a little bit we have flu every year."

Here at walls the one item they're having trouble keeping in stock is thermometers. The owner says if the trend continues these already bare shelves could soon be completely empty.

Dennis Johnson: "If it hits and gets worse there will be issues with not being able to get product but so far we're doing ok."

Its not just the over the counter medicines, prescription antibiotics are also running low.With no overstock, some would rather give up the fight than put up a fight.

Mike Mcgurran: "I don't think I'll get it I'm old enough where I'm immune to it.

We talked to about 4 other area pharmacies. They all said flu related sales are up drastically. Some say it might even get worse before it gets better

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