Delayed shipping causes temporary shortage in flu vaccines
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Here in South Dakota flu season officially begins in December, but it’s always best to protect yourself. Several local pharmacies and medical centers are already administering shots.
The CDC announced the strains they wanted in the flu vaccine later than normal this year, so two out of the three main vaccine providers are catching up.
Many pharmacies and health care providers, both locally and nationally, are running low on shots due to delayed shipping. There isn’t an official shortage of shots, but it is taking manufactures a little longer to get all of the vaccines distributed.
Rapid City Regional Hospital has enough of their regular dose shots but is still waiting to get a shipment of the stronger dose. The stronger dose is recommended for people aged 65 and over.
“It’s going to be hard because people are out here requesting and are being told ‘no,’ but we just need people to keep trying. As the vaccine comes out it will be more available,” said Dana Darger, the Director of Pharmacy at Regional Hospital.
The CDC recommends that everyone gets their flu shot, but it is especially important for the very young, senior citizens, and people with pre-existing health conditions.