(WKTV) - The Oneida County Health Department has announced a possible four-to-eight-week delay of the shipment of flu vaccine.
"According to the distributor, we do not anticipate a shortage of flu vaccine this season, but rather a delay in receiving a supply," Phyllis Ellis, director of health, said. "In the meantime, we urge people to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible through their primary health-care provider or any of the many retail outlets where the vaccine is available."
The health department had planned to make the flu vaccine available during their regularly scheduled immunization clinics in Utica from 1-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays in Rome. Adult flu clinics had been planned for 1-3 p.m. Fridays during October and November.
According to Ellis, the clinics currently have limited quantities of pediatric vaccine and FluMist, which is a nasal spray vaccine intended for those ages 2-49 with no underlying medical conditions. Standard adult flu shots may have to be dispensed later than usual.
Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone older than 6 months old, except those allergic to eggs. Although the vaccine will not prevent the flu, it reduces the risk and lessens the severity of the illness.
For more information, contact the Oneida County Health Department at 798-5748 or visit www.ocgov.net/oneida/health.