by Deanna Darr
If you were hoping to get your kids a flu shot from the Central District Health Department this fall, think again: CDHD is out of the seasonal flu vaccine.
And what do we have to blame for this shortage? Why, the Swine Flu, of course.
According to CDHD, vaccine makers have been so busy making the H1N1 vaccine, that they haven’t been able to make enough of the regular flu shot. As of now, CDHD isn’t set to receive any new shipments of the seasonal vaccine until mid-November.
The good news is that doctors and other health-care providers in the area still have dosages.
If you’re an adult, you didn’t have a chance of getting your flu shot from CDHD anyway; the department stopped offering adult vaccinations back in March.
If you are looking for a H1N1 vaccine, CDHD has only received a small amount—far from enough to start large-scale public vaccinations. The department said it will be getting additional shipments, and setting up vaccination clinics, but only those on the high-risk group will be able to get them.
Those priority groups are: pregnant women, anyone who takes care of a child younger than 6 months old, health-care and emergency medical workers, anyone age 6 months to 24 years old, people age 25 to 64 who have other serious health conditions.
Once all those people are vaccinated, the rest of us (just about everyone at BW) can get a shot.
Until then, CDHD has some advice: wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, stay home if you’re sick and avoid sick people. Thanks.
You can also call the flu hotline at 208-321-2222.