Wait list in San Luis for flu shot, 2-week old baby catches flu

Flu Epidemic

Wait list in San Luis for flu shot, 2-week old baby catches flu


YUMA, AZ - As KSWT News 13 first reported yesterday, the San Luis Fire Department is reporting that more than half of the emergency calls they respond to are to treat people for the flu. Today, we have also learned there is a waiting list to treat flu patients and to give flu shots at an area clinic.

We spoke to Doctor Daniel Calabrese, a Pediatric at the San Luis Walk-in Clinic. He says by the time the clock struck noon, he had already treated 21 kids, most of which were already sick with the flu.

Karla Razo is just one of dozens of parents who made an appointment to see a doctor at the San Luis Walk-in Clinic. Razo brought in her three children to get their flu shots. Luckily, none of them are sick, but she's not taking any chances.

Overall, it got so packed at one point the pediatric clinic had to stop taking appointments.

Local health officials say they are treating more people who are already sick with the flu.  Still, they won't turn anyone away. But, for those who didn't make an appointment, they had to wait about an hour before they could get their flu shot or see a nurse at the clinic.

Dr. Calabrese says today he treated one of the youngest patients he's ever treated for the flu, a 2-week old infant. Doctors say babies and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this deadly flu virus.

Across the United States about 20 children have died from the flu. San Luis Health officials say it's never too late to get the flu shot.

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