Seasonal Flu Vaccine Shortage - Swine Flu (H1N1) Updates
By Wendy Cook
Oct 10, 2009
Is there a shortage of seasonal flu vaccination? The Swine flu (H1N1) vaccine is slow getting to many parts of the US (the first doses of swine flu vaccine in the U.S. were given to health-care workers and children this week) and seasonal flu vaccine is also running short in some parts of the country.
A report from Huntsville Alabama notes, "A shortage of seasonal flu vaccine forced the cancellation of two drive-thru flu clinics in North Alabama this week."
A headline from the Denver Post echoes that report noting, "Flu clinics canceled in Colorado due to vaccine shortage," and adding that a "high demand for seasonal shots and a low vaccine supply have led to the scrapping of 450 clinics," in that region.
Bloomberg reports, "Demand for seasonal-flu vaccinations has soared because of public awareness of the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu." People are getting their vaccinations, and as the swine flu seems to be picking up significant steam so early in the season, it is difficult for the distribution to keep up.
See the CDC here for more information. The website reveals that during the week of September 27-October 3, 2009, influenza activity continued to increase in the United States. Flu activity is now widespread in 37 states.
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