Possible flu shot delays in the Tri-CitiesPosted: Updated:
TRI-CITIES, Wash. - It is almost time to get your flu shot and there is plenty of the vaccine but the Benton Franklin Health Department said there will be some delays.
The health department said it is a distribution problem and stressed the fact that there is no shortage but said it might take until the end of November for some people to get their shots.
The health department was able to get 6,000 shots for next week but said it the entire shipment will be here by the end of November.
Doctor Larry Jecha works for the Benton Franklin Health Department said, "There's plenty of time. People are used to getting it earlier and people get impatient. There's plenty out there you just have to wait."
The health department said this is the first time in five years there is not a shortage.
Health Officials report that shortage problems the past caused the manufactures to have a strict system for distributing the vaccine.
The Health Department said there are no childhood immunizations will be given during the week of October 23rd.
Flu Shots are available for 25 dollars each:
Call 509-943-2614 ext. 223 for more information.
Kennewick Health Department
800 West Canal Drive--October 23, 24, 26 8am-5pm
Richland Community Center
500 Amon Park Drive--October 23,25, 27--8am-5pm
Pasco Senior Center
1315 North Seventh--October 24, 25, 26--8am-5pm
Prosser Fire Department
1200 Grant Ave--October 30, November 1, 2--9am-4pm