Vermillion Medical Clinic will delay adult flu shots

Vermillion Medical Clinic will delay adult flu shots Vermillion Medical Clinic has been urged by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to delay adult mass influenza vaccinations until November based on vaccine supply availability.

The total amount of vaccine available for the influenza season is uncertain at this time; however, both Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are actively working with manufacturers to determine how much and when vaccine will be available.

FDA and CDC are confident that vaccine will be available to vaccinate those at highest risk of complications from influenza. According to the CDC those persons considered to be at high risk include:


* Persons aged 65 years and older;


* Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities with residents of any age who have chronic medical conditions;


* Adults and children aged 6 months and older who have chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular disease, including asthma;


* Adults and children aged 6 months and older who have required regular medical follow-up or hospitalization during the past year because of chronic metabolic disease

(including diabetes mellitus), kidney dysfunction, blood disorders (hemoglobinopathies), or immune system problems (immunocompromised e.g. HIV infection, immunosuppressed by medication, chemotherapy or radiation therapy);


* Children and teenagers (aged 6 months to 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and therefore might be at risk for developing Reye Syndrome after influenza infection;


* Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season.

The Vermillion Medical Clinic is expecting the influenza vaccine to arrive in November. An announcement will be made when influenza vaccinations will take place.

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