Vaccine delivery delay cancels SAD 4 flu clinics

Posted Sept. 25, 2009, at 1:25 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — SAD 4 has canceled the seasonal flu clinics for its students that were scheduled next week because of a delay in the delivery of the vaccine, according to Sharon Foster, the district’s nurse.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently learned that the scheduled delivery for the remaining doses of seasonal flu vaccine will not be as fast as originally anticipated because of “prioritization of H1N1 vaccine and other challenges,” according to a press release issued by Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Maine’s public health director.

Mills advised school officials and physicians that the state had received about 40 percent of its seasonal flu vaccine supply and 20 percent of its pediatric supply. It is expected that the remaining doses will be available over the next four to six weeks.

“We are advising schools that have not yet received their seasonal flu vaccine supply to postpone their clinics and to consider conducting them concurrently with H1N1 vaccine clinics in mid-late October and November,” Mills said in the release. “This way, children can receive both vaccines at the same time.”

Foster said Thursday the situation is beyond the control of the school district. She noted that the district does plan to hold a school vaccination later when more information becomes available.