Flu Vaccine Surplus

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

December 19, 2006

All across the nation, health departments are seeing a surplus of vaccines.

Until now only elderly, pregnant women, babies and those with medical conditions were a priority to receive shots. However, because of distribution delays this year health departments every where are trying to get people immunized or they face the possibility of trashing hundreds, even thousands of flu shots.

“It cannot be used for the following season because the viral strains that they will put in the vaccine for the next season will be different and they don't know at this point what those will be,” said Alice Sorum, Immunization Coordinator of the Thomas Jefferson Health District.

Having too much is better than not enough, but some say this could have an effect on the number of shots in next years supply.

Many worry if the surplus is too large makers may hold out on the number of vaccines they make leading to another shortage.

The Charlottesville Albemarle County Health Department encourages everyone to still get their shot. Flu season doesn't peak in Virginia until January or even February.

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