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Do Any Pharmacies in Acton Have Flu Shots in Stock?

In the latest You Ask, Patch Answers feature, we find out who has the vaccine in stock and when you can get one.

By now you've probably heard how bad of a flu season the country is experiencing.

And those of us living in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are in the grips of this epidemic, as well.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts.

If you haven't receiving a flu shot yet, there's a chance you will have to wait a little longer.

According to the town's pharmacies — Acton Pharmacy, Rite Aid, and CVS — there are no vaccines available as of noon today.

Acton Pharmacy is out as of last Friday, but is expecting more on Wednesday in the morning.

Rite Aid is expecting a shipment today or tomorrow. The pharmacy would not say when they ran out.

CVS, as well as the Minute Clinic, is expecting a new shipment possibly on Friday. The pharmacy ran out last Friday after receiving a shipment of 30 shots. Those were gone in an hour.

If you can't wait, there is a clinic scheduled for tomorrow from 4-7 p.m. at Acton Town Hall, Room 204.

According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand-rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. 
  • How do you know if you have the virus?

    Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children).

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