Sigh. First, the good new announced this summer was that there will be as much as 115 million doses of flu vaccine available. Guess what? Your local supermarket may have it, but plenty of physicians don’t, and you may not see your shipments until November. While still in time for the peak of flu season, once we start bumping up against the Christmas shopping season, thoughts of health care are gone.
Today’s Washington Post is reporting that Julie Gerberding, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acknowledged the kinks in the system in an address several days ago to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The CDC, unfortunately, has limited authority to direct the allocation of the vaccine. The problem, of course, is that if interest in flu shots wanes as the we get into winter, practices get stuck with vaccines and have to eat the cost. Well, so much for my suggestion that primary care practices run “vaccine” days. Fortunately, my internist had stock and I got my shot last week. My two teenagers are scheduled to get theirs on the 27th – we’ll see if their pediatricians still have supply.
All I can suggest is that you call supplier and beg. In my post on July 7, I reported that the AMA president has worked on a program to set aside 2 million doses for smaller practices. See the website at www.fluvaccine.net and see if they can help you (the situation is changing daily).