Orange County Free Flu Shots Postponed in California – Demand for H1N1 Delays Supplies
Posted Oct 07 2009 10:01pm
This is the regular flu shot and not the N!N1, which from the report in this story has caused the delay of the normal flu shot given. Doctors offices and some of the retail clinics, such as CVS have ordered the shot and may have them available if you don’t or can’t wait until the free shots from the County are available. The manufacturer of the flu shot, Sanofi-Aventis stated the demand has been overwhelming and they are working to get the product out as soon as possible. BD
There's been a clog in the supply chain of seasonal flu shots, and that means the Orange County Health Care Agency won't be providing free vaccines until later in October.
The agency had planned to provide shots starting Oct. 10, but it has yet to receive the vaccine from the California Department of Public Health. The holdup: The state contracted several different vaccine makers and the biggest one, Sanofi Pasteur, is running late on its delivery.
"We can only do so much so fast," said Donna Cary, a Sanofi spokeswoman said. "People may have to delay some of their clinics, but everybody's going to get (the vaccine) before the peak of the flu season."
. The agency will announce on its Web site, www.ochealthinfo.com, when vaccines are available, she said. Free shots from the county agency are usually given to priority patients, such as pregnant women and adults more than 50 years old, and the uninsured.