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A popular drug used to treat the flu is in high demand but short supply at a time many East Texans are having flu symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this could be the biggest flu season in years, especially in Texas.
"(I’ve had) bone chilling aches, had chills really bad … had a fever," Zimmerhanzel said.
He decided to see a doctor.
"I had to call around everywhere and all the clinics were completely full, (some had a) three-hour wait," Zimmerhanzel said.
Dr. Ryan Mullins with Trinity Clinic at Broadway Commons said the number of patients the clinic is seeing is up and that nearly half of the patients are reporting flu-like symptoms.
Mullins said that Tamiflu , one medicine that doctors prescribe to treat flu symptoms, is in short supply.
"Always in really busy years of flu season we seem to run short on that ( Tamiflu ),” Dr. Mullins said.
He said the shortage of Tamiflu creates issues for patients and doctors who have to figure which pharmacies have it in stock.
Most pharmacies in the Tyler are reporting that their supplies are running low and that they are out of the pediatric version.
Tamiflu is approved for children ages 1 years old and older and it treats types A and B of the flu, which is why it's the preferred choice.
Zimmerhanzel said he made a mistake this year in not getting a flu shot.
"There's no chance I'm not going to get the flu shot next year," he said.