Town Sees Decrease in State Supplied Flu Shots
This year the town will receive approximately half the vaccines it supplied to residents last year.
This year the town of Danvers has seen a 50 percent decrease in flu vaccine shots supplied by the state.
Last year the town distributed approximately 1200 vaccines, in comparison to the 610 that were received last week.
Danvers Public Health Director Peter Mirandi said this does not mean there is a shortage of vaccines available in Danvers. Pharmacies, physicians offices, and free clinics offcer the vaccine, many of which are covered under insurance plans with little to no fee.
Christina O'Shea, R.N. Town of Danvers Public Health Nurse. said in past years the town has collaborated with Gloucester to receive more vaccines, since Gloucester privately purchases vaccines with a revolving account, as well as receiving state doses.
If the town receives extra supply from Gloucester, they will conduct outreach to the under or noninsured, while complying with the state guidelines.
Mirandi said he is not certain why the state decreased the vaccine distribution, but said the economy could play a factor. "Every year the state has different protocols around the flu," he said.
Pharmacies buying in bulk also could have something to do with the state providing less vaccines, said O'Shea.