Enter into Flu Vaccine Contract
North Carolina physicians will receive flu vaccine early next season, thanks to a groundbreaking agreement announced today. The contract, between the North Carolina Community Care Networks, Inc (NCCCN) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is designed to address the problem of delays that the state's doctors and local health departments have experienced during past flu seasons.
Under this first of its kind agreement, GSK agrees to ship up to two million doses of flu vaccine to North Carolina doctors and local health departments. Doctors and local health departments will have the opportunity to order vaccine through the contract for the 2007/2008 flu season.
"As a physician, I've been troubled by the delays in private providers and local health departments receiving flu vaccine," said Dr. Allen Dobson, DHHS Assistant Secretary for Health Policy and Medical Assistance. "After last fall's delay, North Carolina medical community leaders got together to figure out how we could address what seemed to be a recurring problem. GlaxoSmithKline has risen to this occasion