The CDC has received a report of telephone calls asking for
donations to purchase influenza vaccine for the elderly because of a flu
Is there an influenza vaccine shortage?
The CDC believes that this year’s influenza vaccine
supplies should be approximately equal to what was distributed last year,
though distribution of most of the vaccine may be 4-8 weeks later than in
1999. Further, the CDC
recommends that health care providers give priority to people 65 years of
age and older for the first doses of available vaccine.
Thanks to federal, state, and
community health programs, older and elderly Americans have a number of ways
of receiving vaccine at no or reduced cost.
Are donations needed to ensure the elderly
The CDC is unaware of and does not support organizations
soliciting funds for the purchase of flu vaccine for elderly Americans.
Also, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that consumers never give
their credit-card number over the telephone, unless you have initiated the
transaction and are dealing with a reputable company.
More information about this year’s Influenza
Questions about influenza vaccination can be answered
by staff at your local health department, your medical provider or by
accessing CDC's influenza vaccine information web page at: