It's becoming tougher to find flu shots in Mecklenburg County.
At Walker's Drug Store in Ballantyne, Amy Kern has reached into her flu shot supply a lot in the past few months.
"I've done about double this year compared to last," she said. "I have about 20 left."
Kern said she originally ordered 100 shots for this year and then placed additional orders for about 75 more. But now, the four manufacturers she uses say there's no more to go around.
"I say we will probably run out by mid-next week," Kern said.
That pharmacy isn't alone. Brooke Loucks, a college student home on winter break in Ballantyne, told Eyewitness News she ran into some problems trying to get her shot on Thursday.
"I went to the CVS down at Blakeney and they didn't have any," she said. She then went to another CVS, which told her it was going to run out soon, too. She said she was lucky to get hers.
Pike's Pharmacy in Charlotte said it, too, had run out after giving 200 more shots than last year.
It's the same situation at some doctor's offices.
“We just got a call from a doctor's office saying they were out, they didn't know where to send their patients, and they wanted to know what we had in supply,” Kern said.
Channel 9 checked in with local hospitals too and found a better situation. CMC said it's not experiencing a shortage now.
Presbyterian Healthcare sent this statement: "Presbyterian Healthcare is affiliated with Novant Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system with 13 hospitals and several hundred physician practices. Because we are part of a large health system, we have the ability to leverage our supply of vaccine across the system to ensure needs are met. At this time, Presbyterian is not experiencing an influenza vaccine storage; however, as demand for the vaccine continues to escalate, our supply will depend on the national supply available."
The Mecklenburg County Health Department said it still has an adequate supply of flu shots for both children and adults. Children under 18 are free and adults are charged $30.
The Centers for Disease Control has said there are shortages of flu vaccines in some areas across the country. Eyewitness News called local clinics and found some had just run out. In fact, of the first five Charlotte pharmacies Channel 9 called, every one was either out of the vaccine or almost out of it.
"It does scare me that there is a shortage," Michelle Betliski said.
She worries about family members with weak immune systems.
"It's easy for them to get sick pretty much," Betliski said.
Forty-one states including both Carolinas are reporting "widespread" flu activity.
Experts say, even if you do get the vaccine, you could still get sick. This year's vaccines are about 62 percent effective.
Eyewitness News also called CMC and Presbyterian healthcare. Both hospital systems say they have vaccines available. The best thing to do is call the doctor or pharmacy before going to get a flu shot.