Dwindling flu shots in Delaware

    Less than expected H1N1 flu vaccine available this week in Delaware.

    Only one third of the expected amount of flu vaccine expected in Delaware this week will actually make it to the state.  Health officials say the problem is due to a delay in production at the companies that manufacture the vaccine.  The state had expected to receive 32,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine.  The actual number is down to about 10,000.  The number of doses Delaware will ultimately receive is not being reduced, only delayed.

    Because of the reduction in doses, the Division of Public Health is narrowing its target group to receive the H1N1 vaccine to those most at risk.  That at-risk group includes pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than six months old, children six months old through four years, and older children who have chronic medical conditions.

    They are urging Delawareans to contact their regular medical provider, but those providers are being told to direct the vaccine to the target at-risk groups.  For those in the at-risk target group who can’t get the vaccine from their regular provider, you can call the Division of Public Health at the following locations:

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    In New Castle County:

    Hudson State Service Center 302-255-4555
    Northeast State Service Center 302-552-3600

    In Kent County:

    James Williams State Service Center 302-857-5130

    In Sussex County:

    Georgetown State Service Center 302-856-5213
    Milford State Service Center 302-424-7150

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