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Some Health Departments are not worried about flu vaccines

Date: October 1, 2009
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  It's that time of year for seasonal flu shots, and health departments across the state say there is no need for Missourians to worry about a shortage. 
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Wrap: Some Missouri Health Departments say they are not worried about the largest U.S. supplier of seasonal flu vaccines running a few weeks behind.

St. Louis County Department of Health Spokesperson John Shelton says it's department has not seen any sign of a possible seasonal flu vaccine deficit.

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Description: "Yeah, in St. Louis County we have not heard or have had any shortages reported of seasonal flu vaccine, and we just started the traditional seasonal flu reporting season the first week of October. So we're urging people to get a season flu shot."

Kansas City did run out of adult seasonal flu vaccines.

But Kansas City Department of Health spokesperson Jeff Hershberger says he is not worried about the temporary shortage because they are expecting a new shipment of vaccines to arrive shortly.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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Intro:  Missouri Health Departments are not worried about seasonal flu vaccine production running behind.
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Wrap: Health Departments on both the east and west side of the state say there is no reason to worry about the lack of seasonal flu vaccines.

St. Louis County Department of Health spokesperson John Shelton says St. Louis County does not have a shortage of seasonal flu vaccines.  

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Description: "If there becomes a shortage we'll do everything we can to try to make sure that we get some as soon as possible. But at the moment there is plenty of vaccine available in St. Louis County."

Kansas City Department of Health spokesperson Jeff Hershberger says he is not worried about Kansas City's temporary shortage of adult seasonal flu vaccines because they are receiving a new shipment of vaccines shortly.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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Intro:  Health Departments in Missouri remain optimistic about the seasonal flu vaccine shortage.  
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Wrap: Missouri Health Departments say the delay in seasonal flu vaccine production will not have a large affect on Missouri.

Kansas City Department of Health spokesperson Jeff Hershberger says he is not worried about the shortage of seasonal flu vaccines in Kansas City.

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Description: "We are currently out of the adult vaccine, but we do have the kid vaccine. But we are expecting to have a shipment in here anytime soon."

St. Louis County Department of Health spokesperson John Shelton says St. Louis County has yet to see a lack of seasonal flu vaccines.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

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