TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Flu shots are in higher demand this year, creating a shortage.
While most people have focused on the coronavirus this year, flu season is upon us.
There are three types of flu shots.
Medical professionals at Med Plus in Tupelo said there is a shortage in the most effective type.
Nurse Practitioner Lindsey Weatherford believes many people are extremely nervous about getting COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the flu.
"We're trying to push for people who are high-risk to go ahead and get them [flu shots] so we don't run out before they can."
Weatherford said her staff uses two main types of flu shots: quadrivalent and trivalent.
She said the trivalent flu shot covers three strands; however, the quadrivalent shot covers four.
"That's the strongest flu shot and is recommended for people over 65," Weatherford said.
With the coronavirus causing the elderly to be more high-risk, she advises the public to get their flu shot as soon as possible.
"For the higher-risk and the kids, come on in, go ahead and get it [flu shot] before we run out, if we do."
According to some local pharmacies the quadrivalent flu shot is already on backorder in many places.
Weatherford also said it would be a good idea to be vaccinated for pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
She said contracting whooping cough and coronavirus at the same time could also be extremely fatal.