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Masks, sanitizer fly off store shelves

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COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Flu prevention products flew off store shelves Thursday in the wake of a Swine Flu scare in Collierville.

Thomas Johnson, the assistant manager at a Walgreens in Collierville, said business quickly picked up Thursday.

"When they first said something about Swine Flu, there just coming in a buying it all up, just like when snow hits," he said.

Johnson's Walgreens is already sold out of face masks in every size and price point.

"Got three versions of masks right there and they're all out," he said.

The pharmacy stocked up on Tamiflu, but had to turn away customers trying to buy it without a prescription.

Hand sanitizer also disappeared as fast as Johnson could restock it. 

"We had it all full...guy comes in buys 20!" he said.

The fear of a Swine Flu epidemic is causing people to consider their contact with others.

"I just figured it would be safer to always keep my hands clean," Shopper Jerome Wester said.

"Shake a lot of hands touch a lot of things that may not be the most sanitary"

"While instant sanitizing products are flying off store shelves, stores still have plenty of good old fashioned soap, and since doctors say washing your hands is the best line of defense, this is just as good.

Johnson is expecting another shipment of flu supplies sometime Friday, and if business stays at the same pace as he expects it to, they'll just keep ordering more.
"They're just coming in its like an epidemic," he said.

Action News 5 also called the Collierville Target late Thursday.  There, a manager said they were out of masks and hand sanitizer, and were instructed not to grant any interviews about Swine Flu.

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