LOS ANGELES — California’s Health and Human Services Secretary says cases of RSV are stabilizing.
But Dr. Mark Ghaly says the flu season is here earlier than in previous years, and cases of the flu and COVID have both increased during the past three weeks.
Now, some pharmacies in Southern California say they’re running low on over-the-counter cold and flu medicines, especially ones for children. East LA Pharmacy says this is the first year they’ve experienced shortages with children’s fever-reducing medicine, such as ibuprofen. Other pharmacies in the area say they're not experiencing shortages.
A doctor from Altamed Health Services says there is likely a higher demand for medicine with more people getting sick. But Dr. Ilan Shapiro says his patients have been able to get the medicine they are looking for.