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Demand For Flu Vaccine Creating Shortages in Some Places

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(AP) Illinois' top doctor says the demand for flu shots has created some spot shortages, but he says that's good news because it means people are getting the message to protect themselves and those around them.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck says there's no statewide shortage of vaccine. He spoke Monday in Chicago with Gov. Pat Quinn. Both men called on Illinois residents to get vaccinated against the flu, which is widespread and early this year.

Statewide, nearly 370 people have been admitted to hospital intensive care units with flu-related problems and 27 have died.

Some New York City pharmacies and clinics are reporting flu vaccine shortages prompted by reports of widespread outbreaks.

The city's Health Department said Monday the shortages are in individual locations, and don't reflect a larger supply problem.

The city is maintaining an online map to help residents find flu vaccines.

City Health and Hospitals Corp. facilities, including its clinics, have no shortages.

Every county in the state has significant incidence of the flu. It reflects the worst nationwide outbreak in four years. The federal Centers for Disease Control said 47 states are reporting widespread outbreaks, and the flu season is earlier and busier than in recent years.

CDC suggested that flu season will peak early. It usually lasts through March.

Flu vaccine is available at many drug stores, doctor's offices and public health clinics.

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