Although he admitted that there are seasonal flu vaccine shortages throughout the city of Madison, Steven Van Dinter, spokesman for SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, is less concerned. "Typically we don't do seasonal flu vaccination clinics in September, so there's some time to play with. … There will be plenty for people eventually. It's just right now there's a shortage."
In Montana, health officials are putting forth a similar message, saying that while shipping delays have created a shortage of seasonal flu vaccine in the state, citizens and providers should not be concerned as back orders of flu shots will arrive well before flu season kicks into high gear in December.
But while most states are reporting that H1N1 is the predominant flu circulating, Bassett warned that "by the time we get the supply [of seasonal flu shots], it might be too little too late. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to work, and they are asking people to wait two week between the seasonal flu shot and getting the swine flu vaccine.
"I have a lot of patients at high risk, pregnant women, people with asthma or heart disease … that need to be protected now."