Elevated-dose flu vaccine for seniors now not on hand till later than neatly-liked this three hundred and sixty five days

Ryan Blethen


Seattle Times team reporter

Folks 65 and older are on the total instructed to get a greater-dose flu vaccine. But this three hundred and sixty five days, seniors across the country dangle to wait longer to get it.

Partial shipments had been introduced to clinics and pharmacies, nonetheless the greater-dose vaccine received’t come in in wide quantities till mid- to slack November. Vaccines on the total inaugurate showing up at clinics and pharmacies between July and September.

The vaccine’s manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur — the most productive company that makes the greater-dose flu shot — opted to wait to explore which strains of flu are circulating this three hundred and sixty five days in declare to higher match the vaccine to these strains.

Seniors who capture now not to wait can silent get the odd flu shot, and will develop so if the greater-dose vaccine isn’t on hand stop to them, acknowledged Dr. John Dunn, medical director of preventive take care of Kaiser Permanente Washington.

“Essentially the most challenging ingredient is to get vaccinated,” he acknowledged. “The full lot on top of that is simply gravy.”

Spokespeople for both Bartell Treatment and Walgreens acknowledged their pharmacies will seemingly be getting beefy shipments foundation mid-November.

This three hundred and sixty five days’s flu season, to this level, has been mellower than prior years, in accordance to monitoring knowledge from Public Smartly being — Seattle & King County. As of Oct. 26, no new influenza outbreaks or deaths had been reported. Since the stop of September, one person has died of the flu at a long-timeframe care facility.

The stronger flu vaccine, which is made with four cases the antigens of other vaccines within the marketplace, is a slightly new option. The U.S. Meals & Drug Administration accredited it at the stop of 2009, and it became first on hand for the 2010 flu season.

The Facilities for Disease Control and Prevention suggeststhat nearly all people older than 6 months may perchance well honest silent get vaccinated every flu season.




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