Hospital offers flu vaccine only for individuals at risk |

Hospital offers flu vaccine only for individuals at risk

During the next few weeks, get plenty of vitamin C, wash your hands and stay away from sick people.Grand River Hospital will not conduct its usual flu shot clinics and will vaccinate only high-risk individuals.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report on Oct. 5 stating that none of the Chiron Corp.’s flu vaccinations would be available for distribution.Chiron produces the popular vaccination Fluvirin. The United Kingdom, which is where the vaccination is manufactured, suspended Chiron’s license to make the vaccine in its Liverpool facility for 3 months, according to a press release from Grand River Medical Center.This prevents any release of the Fluvirin vaccination for the 2004 flu season.Grand River does have 950 doses of the Fluzone vaccination for use this season. Grand River ordered LAIV/FluMist, a nasal spray, but does not expect to receive the order.Due to this shortage, the CDC recommends that only high-risk people receive the vaccinations. High-risk individuals include all children 6-23 months old, adults older than 65, persons 2-64 with underlying chronic medical conditions, all pregnant women, residents of nursing homes, children 6 months to 18 years on chronic aspirin therapy, health care workers involved in direct patient care and out-of-home caregivers. The flu affects 5-20 percent of the population every year. To protect yourself against the virus, avoid people who are sick; if you’re sick stay at home, and make sure to wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.Also avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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