Wednesday, October 7, 2009

DPH Expects More Seasonal Flu Vaccine to Be Available, Temporary Shortages in Some Areas

Kentucky Department for Public Health officials expect plenty of seasonal influenza vaccine to be available over the months ahead, but have received reports of temporary shortages in some areas due to early, increased demand. 

"We encouraged individuals not to delay getting their annual seasonal flu shots this year, with vaccine arriving earlier than usual in many places around the state," said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of DPH. "What we're experiencing now are some spot shortages due to increased uptake earlier than normal, but at this time we expect those to be temporary. Flu vaccine manufacturers typically keep shipping vaccine into November and December—or even later—and the federal government says an adequate supply of seasonal flu vaccine will ultimately be available this year. At this point, we are not yet seeing the seasonal type of flu circulating, so there is still plenty of time for Kentuckians to get their flu shots and be protected."

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