Information on Flu Vaccine for this year:
As we prepare for the 2019-2020 flu season, we would like to provide you with an update on information we have received from our flu vaccine provider, Sanofi Pasteur. This year, due to late-emerging virus strains that circulate globally, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration decided to delay selection of the flu formulation by one month. This was done in order to collect additional data to help improve the match of the vaccine strain anticipated for this flu season.
As a result, there will be a delay of our flu vaccine shipments by 3-4 weeks. We have been informed that vaccine will be coming in multiple shipments over several weeks with no definitive number of doses we will receive in each shipment.
Due to this delay, we will not be holding a one day flu clinic in October. Instead, we will be having several smaller clinics during the weekday and evening hours. These clinics will be planned for October into November. Once we have received enough vaccine to hold the clinics we will let you know the dates and times and how to make an appointment for yourself and your family to come in for your flu shot.
Thank you for your co-operation and please check the Health Department website for updates as we work through the changes to our immunization efforts for Westwood residents this year.