- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
Anyone keeping up with the latest news about flu vaccines might be somewhat bewildered.
Near the end of September, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center had to cancel some clinics for the seasonal flu vaccine because its supplier said it was unable to fill requests for about half the vaccine that had been ordered. On the last day of September, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the Southeast Missourian there was no overall shortage. Two days later, the Associated Press reported widespread delays in deliveries.
Why so much confusing information?
The biggest reason is that there are two major flu concerns this year: the seasonal flu, and the H1N1 (swine) flu. Vaccine producers hurried to get the seasonal flu vaccine out earlier than normal so they could concentration on production of the H1N1 vaccine. But logistics appear to have thwarted those plans, resulting in snafus for both kinds of vaccine.
And demand for flu immunizations has been high this year. More people seem to want as much protection as they can get.
Some seasonal flu vaccine is still available. The Jackson School District is offering clinics next week. It's still a good idea to be protected as winter approaches.