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Health & Fit Is There a Shortage of the High-Dose Flu Shot?

02:40  09 november  2019
02:40  09 november  2019 Source:   consumerreports.org

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There 's a shortage of the high - dose flu vaccine that 's recommended for people who are 65 and older.

IU Health confirmed that they do not have a shortage of the vaccine . A Payless pharmacist said they quickly went through the small supply they were given. Most insurances cover flu shots for free. Those without insurance can get their shot at the Tippecanoe County Health Department for .

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A variety of news outlets have reported that some people are having trouble finding Fluzone High-Dose, the version of the flu vaccine that is specially formulated to produce a more robust immune response in people 65 and older.

And when Consumer Reports called 20 pharmacies across the country, we found that about half had already run out of Fluzone High-Dose, while half had the vaccine in stock.

But a representative for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CR that it hasn’t had any reports of shortfalls of Fluzone High-Dose. And Nicolas Kressman, a spokesperson for Sanofi Pasteur, the company that manufactures Fluzone High-Dose, says there’s no overall shortage of the vaccine. 

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As with all flu vaccines , Fluzone High - Dose is not recommended for persons with a history of severe allergic reaction to the vaccine or to components other There are a number of other flu vaccines produced by other manufacturers. Fluzone High - Dose and Fluzone Quadrivalent are both injectable

People who have not received a flu shot in Southwest Florida and intend to may be out of luck. Some local pharmacies say they are out of the We spoke to pharmacists in the area who say, as of Thursday, they are experiencing a shortage of high - dose vaccines to combat the flu this season.

What people are likely encountering are spot shortages, according to William Schaffner, M.D., professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.

These may be occurring, in part, because public health officials at the World Health Organization took an extra month to make their recommendation about which strain of the H3N2 flu to include in this year’s vaccine for the northern hemisphere.

H3N2 is a type of influenza A that’s known for causing more severe illness, and for being harder to protect against with the vaccine.

What does this mean for consumers looking for Fluzone High-Dose? Some doctors' offices and pharmacies may have already received—and given out—their full supply for the year, but others may still be expecting more shipments of the vaccine. Kressman told CR that the company has distributed approximately 70 percent of the doses of Fluzone High-Dose ordered by healthcare providers for this year, and is currently shipping the remainder. 

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While supplies of the standard flu shot are steady, doctors recommend older patients more susceptible to influenza use the higher dose . The Waukesha County Public Department reports there is no " shortage " of the high - dose -- only a shipping delay with the manufacturer.

A potentially bad flu season could get even worse for senior citizens. That 's because some providers are having trouble keeping the high - dose shot in stock.

“If people look around a little bit, they ought to be able to find the vaccine,” Schaffner says. He recommends first contacting your doctor’s office or regular pharmacy to see if they have the vaccine you’re looking for in stock. And be aware that you may need to call around to a few places.

If You Can’t Find Fluzone High-Dose

No luck tracking down Fluzone High-Dose? Older adults have other options. 

One is Fluad, another vaccine specially designed for people 65 and older. This vaccine employs an added substance, called an adjuvant, that's designed to elicit a stronger immune response in older adults. 

Fluad’s manufacturer, Seqiris, says it’s manufactured additional doses of the shot to meet increased demand and has already delivered all of its vaccine for this season to healthcare providers.

But it, too, may be a bit challenging to find. Just six of the 20 pharmacies we called told us they carried Fluad (all six, did, however, have it in stock). 

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The provincial government insists there is no shortage of the new high - dose flu vaccine for seniors, even though frustrated seniors have been contacting opposition MPPs and “Why are we hearing from constituent after constituent about the challenges of accessing the flu shot for seniors in our province?”

Both Fluzone High-Dose and Fluad have been shown in studies to prevent more flu illnesses than the standard shot in seniors.

But if you run into problems finding a high-dose flu vaccine, don’t put off your flu shot—get the vaccine that’s available. Delaying getting your shot may increase the likelihood that you skip the vaccine altogether, Schaffner says.

And it’s critical for everyone from the age of 6 months on up to get the flu vaccine, especially older adults—who are more vulnerable to serious side effects from the viral infection.

Although the flu shot doesn’t completely protect against the infection, it certainly cuts your risk. And if you contract flu anyway, having had the shot reduces your chances of a serious complication or being hospitalized from flu, Schaffner says. 

If you haven't gotten vaccinated yet, now is the time, he says: “Flu is out there. It’s slowly picking up, so I wouldn’t linger.” 

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