Flu vaccines delayed, but no shortages
5 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Flu vaccines will hit the market later than usual this year, but the feared shortage of vaccines will not take place.
5 September 2006
BRUSSELS — Flu vaccines will hit the market later than usual this year, but the feared shortage of vaccines will not take place.
Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) select which virus strains are most expected to cause problems.
Flu vaccines are then produced based on the advice of WHO, news service VRT reported on Tuesday.
But the process is delayed this year because the selected virus strains are growing slower than usual, delaying production.
Vaccines will therefore not become available until the end of October. Normally, the vaccines are available at the end of September.
But the delay is not expected to cause any problem, and Belgian health authorities expect to have a sufficient number of vaccines. This is despite earlier fears of a shortage.
The demand for flu vaccines increased sharply last year due to fears about the bird flu virus. Producers have responded accordingly.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news