Flu vaccine shortage monitored by Kent County Health Department
Caroline MacGregor January 9, 2013 | WGVU A number of
pharmacies have reported they are low on dosages of prescription flu
medication, mostly liquid doses for children. Lisa LaPlante with the Kent County Health
Department says staff are keeping an eye on the situation.
“What we're doing is monitoring the situation with pharmacies across Kent County and if at some point it becomes necessary we will make supplements available to community supplies."
Flu season arrived
several weeks early this year but is only part of the reason for the
“A lot of pharmacies will wait until it's closer before they start ordering stock of flu medications because they want to avoid having stock sit on their shelves too long.”
confirmed number of flu cases in Kent County now stands at 463.
Department offers vaccine injections for 25 dollars and nasal mist for 32
dollars but does not fill prescriptions for flu medication to the general
public. LaPlante says it’s still a good time to protect yourself.
While vaccines can take two weeks to become
effective doctors report less severe symptoms in people who develop flu after
getting vaccinated. Regular hand washing is still one of the best ways to
reduce your risk of catching the flu.
department advised adults and children with flu to stay home from school or
work until they can maintain a normal body temperature for 24 hours, without a
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