No Vaccine "Shortage," But Big Glitches

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

It's a familiar story - store clinics have flu vaccine, while some doctors offices don't.

The Centers for Disease Control announced today that the nation doesn't have a flu vaccine shortage, but does have some temporary distribution trouble.

The CDC says 40 million doses of vaccine have been shipped - the most ever at this point in a season.

But the agency has no idea how many have reached doctors, or local health departments.

A survey by ABC news found many doctors nationwide complaining that WalMart has vaccine, but they don't.

The CDC says imbalances should even out by late November, well before influenza hits.

However, doctors fear their patients' motivation to get vaccinated may be gone by then.

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