Flu vaccine supply shortfall triggered by unprecedented demand

Sydney Morning Herald

21 May 2018 - An unprecedented increase in the number of people wanting flu vaccinations has caused a shortage in supply ahead of this year’s flu season.

Australia’s Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Hobbs on Monday said it was positive that people were taking steps to protect themselves against influenza but the increase in demand had "impacted the availability of supplies”.

GP clinics, hospitals and pharmacies have been ordering more of the trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines after the brutal 2016 flu season triggered soaring rates of flu cases and hospitalisations.

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