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Mesa Fire runs out of flu vaccine at free clinic

The Mesa Fire Department ran out of flu vaccine at a free clinic Monday night (Photo by Sandra Haros/KTAR).

MESA, Ariz. -- Demand was much higher than the supply at a free flu shot clinic held by the Mesa Fire Department at Mesa High School Monday night.

Firefighters started with 550 doses but quickly ran out.

"We made sure to take care of the babies and elderly first. They are the most vulnerable," said firefighter Larissa Devorac. "Folks are scared and came out en masse. I'm not surprised by the crowds, but unfortunately we were not able to take care of everybody we wanted to," she added.

Many left visibly disappointed. Others like Joyce Colelaychee are concerned. She went to the clinic with her daughter and husband but arrived too late.

"I've heard that if you haven't gotten a flu vaccine in a couple years, and you get the flu, it's going to be 10 times worse," said Colelaychee.

Influenza activity in the state is widespread, according to the Arizona Department of Health. The most recent numbers indicate there have been more than 2,200 cases, with lab-confirmed cases identified in 14 counties.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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