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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Flu Supply and Distribution Update

Reuters reports on the latest Centers for Disease Control study concerning who received the flu vaccine during the current flu season.  According to the CDC, more toddlers received the vaccine than in prior years, while at the same time fewer older adults received the shots.  I am not sure what to think of this study and others conducted to show who is and who is not receiving the flu shot this year.  I think the short supply as well as distribution problems could have played a fairly large role in who ended up actually receiving the vaccine.  I could not get the flu shot for my 22 month old son here in Ohio (and, of course, he is now sick with something that resembles the flu) and I know that my 90-year old grandmother, who lives in Tennessee, did not receive her flu shot until last month because of the shortage.  Perhaps if the distribution system worked more efficiently, more at risk individuals would actually receive the flu vaccine.  [bm]

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