Flu vaccine supply comes and goes

Health officials say the swine flu vaccine is in short supply in Utah but more is on the way. As of Tuesday morning, the Bear River Health Department had run out of its most recent alotment of the H1N1 vaccine at its Logan office. Seasonal flu shots are also unavailable after a high demand this season. The Bear River Health Department does expect to receive more doses of the H1N1 vaccine, although they are not sure exactly when they will arrive, and more doses of seasonal flu shots in early November.In other areas throughout the state, Wasatch County says it has a fresh supply and is reserving the vaccine for pregnant women, infants and others with underlying health problems.The vaccine is being allocated on a weekly basis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Orders can take a full week to arrive.As of Monday, the Salt Lake Valley Health Department was out of the flu mist but had a limited supply of vaccine injections. The Weber-Morgan District was out of both forms of vaccine but was expecting a shipment. Utah County was giving out thousands of doses from a Friday delivery. Davis County expects to exhaust its weekly supply on Tuesday.Health officials are issuing reminders for people to prevent spreading the flu by washing hands often, covering coughs, and staying home when sick.

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