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Hospital Survey Highlights Flu Shortage

October 12, 2004
By: Bente Birkeland
State Capital Bureau

A new survey confirms a flu vaccine shortage in Missouri hospitals. Bente Birkeland has more from Jefferson City.

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The Missouri Hospital Association sent questionaires to 140 hospitals to find out the number of flu vaccines they received.

Becky Miller, a vice president at the Missouri Hospital Association, says preliminary survey results are back.

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Contents: The hospitals did not, in general, receive the amount of vaccines they had anticipated.

If Missouri does get more flu vaccines, Miller says the survey will help ensure those vaccines reach the neediest hospitals.

From the state Capitol, I'm Bente Birkeland.

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A new survey shows Missouri hospitals are forced to cut back on flu vaccines.

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The Missouri Hospital Association sent questionaires to 140 hospitals to evaluate the effect of the flu vaccine shortage.

Becky Miller is a vice president at the Missouri Hospital Association. She says preliminary survey results show that hospitals got fewer vaccines than they ordered.

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Contents: They really are having to look at which of their patient caregivers should receive the vaccines and in many cases have had to cancel some of the community health fairs.

If Missouri does get more flu vaccines, Miller says the survey will help the state prioritize which hospitals should get them.

From the state Capitol, I'm Bente Birkeland.