Seasonal Flu Shots Ahead of Schedule

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
It’s no secret that people are frustrated with how long it’s been taking to get the H1N1 vaccine. But the director of the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Mark Horton, says the state already has 80 percent of its seasonal flu doses. He says usually the state wouldn't start receiving the first shipments until now. He says this year manufacturers are sending out seasonal shots early so they can focus on producing H1N1 vaccines.
“It’s our information that ultimately this will be a record year for the total number of vaccine doses to seasonal influenza.”
The state distributes about 10 percent of California’s seasonal flu shots. More than 650,000 doses will go to county health departments for low-income and high-risk patients. And many counties report giving out record numbers of seasonal flu shots this year. Horton says each year about 4,000 Californians die from seasonal influenza.