CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Pike’s Pharmacy in east Charlotte is down to its last flu shot. Ordered a year in advance, owner Jesse Pike was surprised his pharmacy went through all of them, but is glad they did so.
“This is the one area of control we have to prevent something horrible from happening. There will be thousands of people to die this year because they did not get the flu vaccine.”
Ana Araguz works at Pike’s Pharmacy and is receiving Pike’s last shot. She is skittish around needles, but after the flu put her in the hospital last year, she’s had a change of heart.
“It was terrible. Terrible aches. I was shaking all night… couldn’t go to sleep… horrible fever. It was just horrendous.”
While Ana is now protected from the flu, many more in our area are not. That is troubling to Dr. Ryan Shelton, who is seeing flu cases every day in his south Charlotte office. He says the flu is dangerous because it can spread so easily.
“It’s starting to pick up. The flu is definitely here.”
It is not too late to get your shot, Dr. Shelton says, but you better not wait any longer.
“You need to do it now, because it takes 10-14 days for your immunity to really build up. But it’s still not too late because we may see flu season now to March or April.”
Getting the vaccine was a must for Ana. She not only got the shot for herself, but for the people around her.
“I’m excited I got the flu shot this year; there’s no way I want to feel like that again. It’s really quick, saves you a lot of pain, grief.”
Health experts say the vaccine is readily available and comes in both a shot, and spray.