Cambridge Flu Clinics Postponed due to Vaccine Shipping Delays

Flu Vaccines are popular this year.

Cambridge flu clinics have been postponed due to national shipping delays of injectable seasonal flu vaccine.

However FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, is still available to children in Cambridge public and independent schools through the department’s school health program.

The Cambridge Public Health Department has vaccinated about 2,500 people since October 8 at flu clinics around the city.

When additional doses of injectable seasonal flu vaccine arrive in November, a revised flu clinic schedule will be posted. The target groups for the vaccine will be Cambridge seniors (age 65 or older), as well as Cambridge residents and workers with chronic health conditions that place them at risk for serious complications from the flu.

Since our flu season usually runs from December through March, this will still protect you against the seasonal flu virus.

“This is a situation in which demand has outstripped supply,” said Claude-Alix Jacob, the city’s Chief Public Health Officer and director of the Cambridge Public Health Department. “In the past 10 days, our department has given nearly the same number of flu vaccinations as we would in an entire flu season.”

The state of Massachusetts also announced that municipal H1N1 vaccine clinics should be postponed due to production delays of the H1N1 vaccine. Once the Cambridge Public Health Department receives its shipment of the H1N1 vaccine, special clinics will be organized that target pregnant women, children, and people with chronic health conditions.

For the most current updates, call the health department’s recorded FluLine is 617-665-3855 or go to www.cambridgepublichealth.org.