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National Demand for H1N1 Flu Vaccine Leads to Shipment Delay for Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Sheboygan, Wis. St. Nicholas Hospital may need to postpone some scheduled Shrug the Bug Flu and Pneumonia Immunization Clinics at public sites due to a delivery delay of the seasonal flu vaccine.
Pharmaceutical companies are shifting their focus on packaging and delivering the H1N1 flu vaccine instead of the seasonal flu vaccine. Once the majority of the H1N1 flu vaccine is delivered to providers, packaging and delivery of seasonal flu vaccine will resume.
"The Hospital has received a portion of the seasonal flu vaccines ordered for this flu season," said Ellen Platz, RN, Community Education-Flu Clinic, St. Nicholas Hospital. "Shrug the Bug Flu Clinics began a week ago and we have seen a high volume of people requesting seasonal flu vaccination."
Seasonal flu is typically seen in Wisconsin during the winter months. Vaccination for seasonal flu during the months of November and December will provide protection for seasonal flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting your seasonal flu vaccine throughout the winter months if not received earlier.
Until the Hospital has received its full shipment of the seasonal flu vaccine, the St. Nicholas Hospital Shrug the Bug Flu Clinic will concentrate on providing seasonal flu shots for the following people who may be at high risk for serious flu-related complications:
The CDC does recommend people to continue the following good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands to help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
If you have any questions, please call 920/451-7489 or 920/459-4628 or [click here] for up to date information regarding available Shrug the Bug Clinics.
St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy.
To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org .
CONTACT: Xue Yang