Topeka Kansas health officials announced Friday that the state expects to receive nearly 75,360 doses of flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The announcement came after U.S. officials said Tuesday that the last 11.6 million doses of flu shots available for this season mostly will be divided up among states, for their health departments and officials to dole out, based on a formula that considers each state's population of high-risk people.
"Every local health department in Kansas will be given an opportunity to receive additional flu vaccine from mid-November to mid-January," said Sue Bowden, the immunizations director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. "However, the amount will vary depending on how much vaccine has already been shipped to a county and what the remaining needs of the high risk population in that county are."
The KDHE said health care providers in need of vaccine should contact their local health department, which will determine how to distribute the flu shots.
"We believe CDC's plan to redistribute the remaining doses of unshipped vaccine to all states will help to ensure more high risk Kansans receive a flu shot and are better protected from influenza this year," said Richard Morrissey, interim director of health for the KDHE.