Pharmacies seeing increase in need for flu medication

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More than 5,000 cases of the flu have been reported in Arizona this season, causing a run on medication. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) More than 5,000 cases of the flu have been reported in Arizona this season, causing a run on medication. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The holiday rush of get-togethers with friends and family may be over but Valley pharmacies are not seeing a slowdown.

More than 5,000 cases of the flu have been reported in Arizona this season, causing a run on medication.

In Greg Roller's 35-year pharmacy career, he called this flu season "a little above average."

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"It seems like the flu season started earlier this year and more severe," said Roller, pharmacist and owner of Fairmont Pharmacy.

The staff at Fairmont Pharmacy said it restocks the over-the-counter cold medication every single day.

Customer Dyland Whipple was disappointed the flu shot he got didn't work for him.

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"It's unusual, actually. I don’t usually get sick often. This is the first time I’ve been sick in a long time. Which is weird," said Whipple.

Phoenix Pharmacy on Thomas Road near the State Route 51 has also seen an increase in customers looking to fight their flu-like symptoms.

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"It's been crazy, it's been overwhelming," said Vittelian Forbes, pharmacist and owner of Phoenix Pharmacy.

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They ran out of the prescription Tamiflu and had to turn people away.

"As of capsules, I don't have any right now. I ran out last week," Forbes said.

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Phoenix Pharmacy ordered more on Tuesday and expects another shipment on Wednesday.

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