SAN DIEGO -- Even as hundreds of people in San Diego battle the flu, thousands of vaccines remain unused.
County health officials said 275 people have been diagnosed with the flu in the last six weeks and four have died. Cases are increasing across the county.
While those numbers are considered normal, medical professionals wonder why after last year's H1N1 scare, most have chosen not to get a flu shot.
"The irony is there's so many flu shots around. There's availability, but many people have not had flu shots," said Lawrence Pohl, M.D. of the Mission Valley Medical Clinic.
The new flu vaccine contains the H1N1 vaccine as well. Vaccine makers anticipated high demand after last year's pandemic that saw shortages across the country.
Centers for Disease Control recommend everyone over six months old get the flu vaccine.
"I think all the providers, pharmacies, our physicans or the Health Department have excess leftover," said Pohl. "Now, people are getting the flu. It just doesn't make sense to me."
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