Children’s flu vaccine subject to ‘spot shortages’
Jane Lerner, email@example.com 4:12 p.m. EDT October 9, 2014
The manufacturer has said the vaccines will be shipped sometime this month.
Area pediatricians are reporting spot shortages of a favored type of flu vaccine that protects against four strains of influenza.
Dr. Vicki Iannotti, a pediatrician with Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester in Hawthorne, said her practice received 250 doses of the vaccine in August but still hasn’t gotten the September delivery.
“We’re still waiting,” she said. The manufacturer has said the vaccines will be shipped sometime this month.
Other vaccines are available, including one that protects against three strains of influenza. And there’s plenty of a nasal spray vaccine.
But some youngsters, including those with asthma and with chronic conditions that impair the immune system, can’t take the nasal vaccine.
Pediatricians prefer to give the dose that protects against four strains rather than three. “We want the best for our patients,” Iannotti said.
The Westchester Department of Health has plenty of the flu vaccine that protects against three strains of influenza. The vaccine will be available at no charge to Westchester residents over the age of three from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Westchester County Center.
Residents can sign up in advance at www.health.ny.gov/Go2Clinic or by calling 914-995-7425.
The Rockland Department of Health also has the three-strain vaccine, which will be available free to residents over 60 and for $30 for those between the ages of 9-59. The next clinic will be held Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Department of Health, 50 Sanatorium Road, Ramapo.