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|Paynesville Press - November 9, 2005|
Supply of flu shots limited; PAHCS starts waiting list
The Paynesville Area Health Care System held three flu clinics last week, dispensing over 500 vaccines to high-risk patients. Right now, PAHCS has used all the flu shots that it has received, and it has started a waiting list for patients to sign up to get a shot when more arrive.|
PAHCS ordered flu shots from three distributors but has only received a fraction of its order. Unfortunately, all the distributors get the shots from a single company. The limited supply of flu vaccine so far means the dispensing will need to prioritized once again.
Until more doses of the vaccine arrive, PAHCS will be creating waiting lists of at-risk patients and general patients who want the vaccine. They will be called when PAHCS has flu vaccine to give them.
High-risk patients are defined as: persons aged greater than 65 years; residents of long-term facilities; persons with chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, etc.); children aged 6-23 months; pregnant women; household contacts and caregivers of children less than six months of age; and health care personnel with direct patient contact. PAHCS has a questionnaire with these questions to determine who are high-risk patients.
Anyone wanting to take the questionnaire and get on a waiting list for the flu vaccine should contact PAHCS at 243-3767 or visit the Paynesville Area Medical Clinic.
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