Health Officials Say There's Plenty Of Flu Vaccine

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Public health officials say that any shortages of flu vaccines are because of spotty distribution, not because of a problem with the supply.

Jefferson County Public Health released a statement saying pharmacies and pediatricians "continue to report a good supply of vaccine within the county for both children and adults."

Health care providers, officials say, have access to the Influenza Vaccine Availability Tracking System (IVATS) that lets them know which distributors and manufacturers have vaccine on hand or on order.

One manufacturer is making more vaccine that officials say should be ready by the end of the month.

Providers order vaccine for any given season by winter or spring the year before.

IVATS kicks in when the supply chain is challenged, like it was during Superstorm Sandy last November.

If you need a flu vaccine, ask your medical provider or go to www.flu.gov. The site allows you to enter your zip code and search for places where you can get a shot.

Also go to www.flu.gov for ways to prevent the flu, or visit www.jcphs.org.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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