FORT KENT, Maine — The distribution of seasonal flu shots in the St. John Valley and northern Aroostook County has been delayed by a higher-than-normal demand this year, according to a press release from Northern Maine Medical Center.
According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the delay for the seasonal flu vaccinations is also caused in part by the demand for the H1N1 swine flu vaccines. Manufacturers of the seasonal and swine flu vaccines are at the mercy of the competing demand for both vaccinations, resulting in a higher demand than supply that can be distributed.
NMMC is on the distribution list for its portion of the seasonal flu vaccine, which reportedly will be distributed by late November.
Brenda Baker, clinical coordinator for NMMC medical practices, said NMMC received a limited supply of seasonal vaccine from the Maine CDC that was designated for school-age children.
“We are waiting for the remainder of our vaccine from the Maine CDC,” Baker said in the release. “Once the vaccine is received, we will quickly plan the public clinics.”
NMMC will be providing a free flu shot vaccination clinic as in years past, with dates to be arranged.
For information, contact your primary care provider’s office.