The menace of H1N1 flu panic struck people in Marion County the last year, as there was not enough inventory of vaccines, but this year, there will be no such problem of vaccine shortage, as per the federal officials.
An advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control in February recommended everyone above 6 months of age to get vaccinated, whether or not they got immunized against flu before. The new flu makes young and healthy adults its victims, but they are not at risk to die of it.
As estimated by CDC, nearly 18,000 Americans have succumbed to H1N1 and related problems. This year, the manufacturers will produce up to 165 million doses of the flu vaccine against the H1N1 strain.
Dr. G. Edward Stewart II from Allergy and Asthma Care of Ocala stated that some people got the flu immunization early this year and they had already exhausted their first supply of vaccines. He advises people to get immunized against the flu strain, as early as possible.
In US, flu is in its form in January. As there are many clinics who were offering the shots, they had placed less order of doses, as told by Stewart.
The flu shots will be provided by the Marion County Health Department through its daily clinics that would begin from October 18.
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