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Flu Vaccine Shortage Hits County

50 percent of the nation's supply not available

Many people are concerned about the flu vaccine supply due to the fact that 50 percent of the nation's flu vaccine is not available.

"We are working to make sure that our county has the most effective plan to get flu vaccine to those who are high risk," said Terry Rundell, Klickitat County Health Department, ARNP.

"We're working with our local health partners to redistribute the available flu vaccine throughout the county and are asking health care providers in our county to prioritize their flu vaccine supply for their highest risk clients and patients. Many of the In-Store clinics have been cancelled. If you are at high risk make an appointment with your local provider for the vaccine," Rundell said.

People can be confident in the safety of the flu vaccine supply that health department is distributing. The health department has not received any Chiron flu vaccine. Chiron vaccine has not distributed any flu vaccine in the United States.

The County Health Department is following the priority groups for vaccination listed below:

Adults aged 65 years and older;

persons aged 2 to 64yrs with long term health problems; heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, metabolic disease such as diabetes, weakened immune systems and blood disorders.

women pregnant during the flu season (Dec.-March);

residents of nursing homes and long term facilities;

children aged 6 months to 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy;

direct patient health care workers;

Out-of-home caregivers (daycare centers) and house hold members of children.

The health department is working with local health partners to get the pediatric flu vaccine to those who need it most. Children ages 6-23 months will be vaccinated if state vaccine is available

The state influenza vaccine supply is for the pediatric population children age 6-23 months; and children two-to-18 years who have underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and others.

The revised flu shot schedule is as follows:

East end -- Goldendale

Oct. 14, Goldendale Senior Services 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Oct. 29 at the Health Department 9-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.

West end -- White Salmon

Oct. 14, Hi-School Pharmacy 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oct. 19, Lyle Senior Services, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Oct. 27, White Salmon Senior Services, 11 a.m. to 12 noon

Oct. 29 & 30, Health Fair, 7:30-11 a.m.

"A thank you to Mid Columbia Family Health Center for your cooperation with sharing vaccine with other providers," Rundell said.

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