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The likely US shortage of influenza vaccine this season has prompted local, state, and federal health agencies to revise their guidelines for immunization. Ithaca College obtains its flu vaccine from a different manufacturer than the one whose vaccine shipments have been suspended, and our supply has been unaffected by the shortage. However, we believe we must revise our eligibility criteria for vaccination in accordance with health department recommendations, for now at least, in order to preserve what might be a scarce vaccine for those with the greatest need.
These eligibility criteria may change; we hope they will. FDA representatives are apparently in England today, trying to determine if any of the impounded vaccine supply can be safely released for shipment to the US. If the shortage ends, we would probably have enough flu vaccine to proceed with our usual vaccinations of anyone who wishes to receive them.