Drug Makers report shortage of flu vaccine, Tamiflu
In recent weeks you can’t watch the news without seeing at least one segment on this particularly strong flu season. Doctors and the CDC were surprised as to how many cases of the flu had been reported this early in the season. Typically we see the “peak” (highest report of cases) in late January/early February. This is the worst case of the flu since the H1N1 crisis.
Tamiflu, which is a flu vaccine for children, is in short supply. There is a growing concern that children, who are more susceptible to contracting the virus, might not get the protection they need. Most conventional flu vaccines in the United States are still made using a 60-year-old process in which the vaccine is grown in fertilized chicken eggs, a method that can take several months to complete. This is why the CDC states that those that are allergic to chicken eggs SHOULD NOT get the vaccine.
Hospitals are being overwhelmed with influenza patients. Last week, Boston declared a flu epidemic. Some hospitals have set up tents outside to treat more patients. I’ve read that some manufacturers will not make anymore vaccines because they will soon begin making next year’s batch.
If you haven’t gotten a flu vaccine you can visit www.flu.gov to search for the nearest supply of the vaccine. The CDC is saying that you might have to look at a few places until you finally find one.
The CDC is reporting that they believe that the flu season may have already “peaked.” In the past few days there have been fewer reported cases of the flu.
I have yet to get a vaccination. I’m not sure if I am going to get one.
Things to remember:
- Regardless if you’ve gotten a shot or not, you can still get the flu. Those who get the shot are more likely to have shorter and weakened bout with the disease.
- If you feel sick, STAY HOME. It is not fair to your co-workers.
- Washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitizer can decrease the chance of contraction by 30%.
Have you gotten one?
If no, why haven’t you?
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