Two Drug Companies announce delay in shipping flu vaccines for children this season
Two drug companies have announced that there will be delays in shipping flu vaccines for children this season. MedImmune has announced delayed shipment of its FluMist nasal spray vaccine. And, Sanofi Pasteur also said that it is running behind its shipping schedule of pre-filled syringes of its Fluzone vaccine.
MedImmune said that it faced problems in production that were not expected and owing to it a delay has come in the shipment of its vaccine. The company has to ship 15 million vaccines and already shipped around 5 million doses.
Despite facing delay, MedImmune affirmed that it will ship the vaccines. Problem has already started to occur as some pediatricians have run out of the nasal vaccine, which is only made by MedImmune.
To talk about Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone vaccine, it is running two to three weeks behind the schedule of shipping. Both the vaccines that are now delayed provide protection against four strains of influenza.
A CDC spokesman, Ian Branam, said that manufacturers have announced that would produce 171 to 179 million doses of flu vaccine. Over 109 million doses have been distributed by October 9. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, has suggested that people should not delay in taking vaccination. Delaying the vaccination can make a person more susceptible to serious illness.
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