Flu Vaccine Delayed by Shipping Problem
The Boone County Health Department ordered 10,000 dosages of the flu vaccine in February, however these vaccines have not arrived yet.
"This year, what we're experiencing is a lack of communication from the vendors" says Mary Martin, Public Health Manager.
The delay means directors can't start planning clinics to give out shots. University of Missouri Health Care has ordered about 17,000 flu vaccine dosages. Doctors there have only received about 10% of those shots. If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet washing your hands for at least thirty seconds helps avoid catching a bug. However when it does get here, the flu vaccine is highly effective.
"The vaccine is so good it has been shown to prevent totally about 70% of all the cases that would have occured otherwise" says Dr. Michael Cooperstock, of University Hospital.
Doctors also warn against getting vaccines too early since the flu season is worst from December through February. The vaccine's effectiveness can start to wane after three or four months.
MU Student Cara Harlan says she plans to get vaccinated. "I haven't gotten a shot yet this year, but I will soon, probably in the latter part of October, early November. I think it's important because I'm in close contact with such a number of people that I get it."
Flu shots cost around $15-25. There were almost 1,000 deaths from the flu in Missouri last year.