As flu season continues to barrel through Oxford and the greater Connecticut region, local pharmacies are struggling to keep up with the heightened demand for flu shots.
At Oxford Pharmacy on Oxford Road, owner Frank Diaferio says this season—unlike others—has given way a perennial parade of residents seeking the flu vaccines.
"It's been nuts," he said, noting the business sold out of its first shipment of 80 shots in October.
Diaferio's shop was completely out of stock three weeks ago, but has since refreshed its reserves—currently, the pharmacy has about 35 shots.
"There's a waiting list to receive them," Diaferio added. The shop administers shots anytime during store hours.
Oxford Pharmacy has been serving between eight and 12 shots daily, a major uptick. On a recent Thursday-Friday-Saturday, the business administered 60 shots in 72 hours.
"Our record is 25 shots in one day," Diaferio added.
As for selling other winter sundries, Diaferio said the ongoing cold snap hasn't altered anyone's buying habits—in short, Chapstick and ski masks aren't flying off the shelves at a faster pace.
"You can't catch a cold from the cold," Diaferio said.