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Flu Tests in Short Supply

North Texas distributor goes through month's supply in one day



    With flu season hitting hard and early this season, one health provider says its supplier is having a tough time keeping flu tests in stock. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013)

    A major regional supplier of flu tests is having a difficult time keeping them in stock as flu season hits North Texas hard and early, a North Texas health provider says.

    Ed Sims, the director of Doctors Express, said his supplier told him it went through 600 cases of flu tests in one day last week. That number is typically equal to what it would need to ship out in an entire month.

    Doctors Express has had to turn to secondary suppliers to keep its stock in place.

    The staff at Doctors Express in Southlake said the clinic has already treated at least double, if not triple, the number of flu patients than it did at this point last year.

    "It's classified in the last article I read [as] a severe flu season," Dr. Daniel Melville said. "With their best prediction, it is not going to slow down and will remain probably [at] this same pace all the way through the end of the predicted flu season, which may be early April."

    Pharmacies in Denton, Flower Mound, Dallas and Mesquite report that they are stocked with flu shots and have been busy in the past week.