Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Reallocated flu vaccine
on the way to Ohio, Ky.

It will go to those at risk

By Matt Leingang
Enquirer staff writer

Ohio and Kentucky will be getting additional doses of flu vaccine through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national reallocation effort, it was announced Tuesday.

Kentucky will receive an estimated 97,000 doses. The vaccine will be used to help address shortages at local Kentucky health departments, nursing homes, hospitals and private providers.

It's unclear how many or when those doses may find their way to Northern Kentucky.

Public health officials in Northern Kentucky are surveying local physicians' offices, hospitals and nursing homes to determine how many doses of flu vaccine are still needed by local providers to vaccinate people considered high-risk.

The CDC will be sending additional doses to the Ohio Department of Health, but state officials declined to make the quantity public.

That information will be shared only with local health commissioners in Ohio because of a proprietary agreement with Aventis Pasteur, the maker of the vaccine, said Kristopher Weiss, spokesman for the state health department.

On Oct. 11, Aventis and the CDC began allocating 22.4 million doses of unshipped vaccine to areas of need throughout the country.

In addition, Aventis is expected to produce another 2.6 million doses in January.

Those doses will push the number of vaccinations available to about 60 million, far short of the nearly 90 million administered last year.


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