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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Manufacturer Fails To Deliver

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The Atlantic County Division of Public Health has been forced to reschedule its remaining seasonal flu clinics due to the failure of the seasonal flu vaccine manufacturer to deliver its promised shipment of vaccine as originally scheduled.

The county's seasonal flu clinics scheduled from September 29 through October 8 will be rescheduled for later dates. They include the following: September 29 at Hammonton High School, September 30 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Absecon, October 2 at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, October 3 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex and October 8 at St. Bernadette's Church in Northfield.

Atlantic County placed its order for 4,500 doses in December 2008 from manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur of Swiftwater, Pa. Based upon the manufacturer's expected delivery schedule, the Division of Public Health established its 2009 seasonal flu clinic schedule.

The county was promised its vaccine in two deliveries: one in August and a second in September. However, the county has received only one delivery to date. According to representatives for the manufacturer, it is having problems fulfilling its orders as a result of interruptions caused by the production of H1N1(swine flu) vaccine.

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During its first six seasonal flu clinics, held between September 9 and September 24, the Division of Public Health administered 2,798 doses and depleted its existing supply.

Atlantic County Health Officer Patricia Diamond noted that the county has followed the recommendations and guidelines provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control by scheduling its seasonal flu clinics earlier in the season than usual in preparation for the H1N1 (swine flu) mass vaccinations.

"Our plans were developed in cooperation with federal and state guidelines and the manufacturer's delivery schedule. We requested 10 percent more shots this year than we administered last year," said Diamond.

Diamond recommends that residents check with their healthcare providers and local pharmacies to see if they have received the seasonal flu vaccine.

"As soon as we receive our remaining doses we will reschedule our clinics accordingly," she added.