Flu vaccine shortage not a problem locally

Flu vaccine

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Centers for Disease Control says shipment of flu vaccines is behind.

However, the boards of health in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are not seeing any impact.

The Mahoning County District Board of Health has given more than 1,000 flu vaccines. This year it is getting more requests from employers.

“We also are getting a lot of invitations to come to businesses and agencies to immunize their employees,” Diana Colaianni from the Mahoning County District Board of Health said.

The CDC said there is a delay getting millions of flu vaccines shipped out. Dr. Mike Sevilla with the Family Practice Center Of Salem said his office got a shipment of flu vaccine early and is in good shape.

“We have not seen the delays I am seeing in the news,” Sevilla said. “We already have given 1,000 doses to our patients here, which is typical for us.”

The Mahoning County Board of Health said manufacturers should have the rest of the vaccines out by the end of November.

“In most recent years, we started getting vaccines earlier. August, September, October. So it appears that maybe we are using the vaccine up quicker,” Colaianni said.

The Board of Health said it has been getting a lot of calls from people asking about the flu shot clinics, and it has actually added another one onto the schedule. It is going to be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the board offices in Austintown.

“We also have the high-dose vaccine for those 65 years of age and older,” Colaianni said.

Both medical professionals stress the importance of getting vaccinated since 36,000 people die from the flu every year.

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