Flu clinics cancelled due to vaccine shortage

By Stephen Gallien - email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A shortage of seasonal flu vaccine forced the cancellation of two drive-thru flu clinics in North Alabama this week.

The Alabama Department of Health cancelled clinics set for Wednesday in Cullman and Friday in Marshall County.

State health officials blame the shortage on an early start to dispensing the seasonal flu vaccine.

Normally, seasonal flu vaccinations begin in October.  This year, the vaccinations were begun in September because of the Swine flu outbreak.

The state is still expecting to receive all the seasonal flu vaccine that has been ordered, but it is not clear if the drive-thru clinics will be rescheduled.

Manufacturers are working to produce both the seasonal flu vaccine as well as the swine flu vaccine which has already begun arriving in some states.

The state is now expecting to receive 51,000 doses of Swine Flu nasal mist vaccine at some point this week with the opportunity to order another 55,000 doses next week.

Swine Flu, or H1N1 influenza, is blamed for 15 deaths in Alabama.

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