Flu shot clinics set but vaccine not yet available

  1. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure but it may be a little while before this year's flu vaccine is ready.


    "The (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't released the vaccine yet," said Beth Herold, manager of complete care services for the Visiting Nurses Association, based in Butler. "They have not even done their testing yet."
    Herold said, once the vaccine is released to suppliers, then there should be enough for everyone interested. But officials aren't saying when that may happen.
    "They're telling us we'll probably get it sometime during this flu season," she said. "We have like 10,000 doses that we're waiting for. Last year we didn't get it until December. They've assured us that isn't going to happen again this year."

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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Wonder what is taking so long then.
  4. by   oramar
    In my area this grocery stores and health clinics seem to have enough. It is the private physicians who have been shorted. They have recieved reduced batches but not enough to get their high risk patients.
  5. by   FossilRN
    The same day that I saw a memo at my hospital (last week) that the flu vaccine had not arrived, my husband told me that he and all his coworkers had recieved their flu shots. I am a critical care nurse an my husband is an engineer at a folding carton plant just a few miles away. What is wrong with this picture? How can we have any faith in the system if this is what we see?
  6. by   Purple Princess
    yes I see the same thing here. they had vaccines available at the hospital we did clinicals at but only for hospital employees not us. But the VNA and my dad's doctors office both said they don't have any. i overheard a woman say she has an appt at her doctors to get one. flu shot clinics have been cancelled around here. I'm really worried about my dad cause he's getting older, has a slightly weakened immune system, lung and mild heart problems. he fears getting pneumonia. it's just my observation but notice how last year and the years before that they said none was available and low and behold in the spring there is alot of leftovers. it's like survival of the fittest or something. I think people would probably get flu shot for their dog, cat bird if there was enough available. I sincerely think it gets overused and needs to be given only to those most at risk. Like babies and older people or those in the hospital and health care workers. A teen or person my age, otherwise healthy, might get the flu be miserable but we'll survive but babies and old people end up getting pneumonia. it's just an observation so no hard feelings please, i'm just frustrated for my dad. i even though about when they offer the flu shot at work i'm declining mine cause i got the flu like 2 or three times last year and was just constantly sick, that my shot could be given to my dad but i'm told that's illegal??? this was after getting the flu shot so i'd rather do without.
  7. by   grannynurse FNP student
    Quote from brian
    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure but it may be a little while before this year's flu vaccine is ready.


    "The (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't released the vaccine yet," said Beth Herold, manager of complete care services for the Visiting Nurses Association, based in Butler. "They have not even done their testing yet."
    Herold said, once the vaccine is released to suppliers, then there should be enough for everyone interested. But officials aren't saying when that may happen.
    "They're telling us we'll probably get it sometime during this flu season," she said. "We have like 10,000 doses that we're waiting for. Last year we didn't get it until December. They've assured us that isn't going to happen again this year."

    Full Story: http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-.../s_384973.html
    This is strange. We had a flu vaccine clinic at our local Publix, here in Charlotte County, Florida last week. For twenty dollars you could get both the flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Now last year you could find it for love or money at any flu clinics or our public health clinic.

    Grannynurse
  8. by   suzanne4
    I got my shot almost two weeks ago before I left Fresno. Glad I got it.
  9. by   oramar
    I for one would like to know what is really going on here. My old mom had two flu shot appointments cancelled at doctors offices because the vaccine is not in yet. They just called her and told her that it is cancelled for tomorrow also. There are however clinics in grocery stores as we speak. I have talked to people who went to them and they feel that the atmospher is very stressful with long lines and long waits. I was trying to avoid that for her but I guess that is what we will have to do.

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