Colorado getting another 66,000 flu shots |

Colorado getting another 66,000 flu shots

DENVER – Another 66,000 flu shots are on their way to Colorado to ease the pressure from a nationwide shortage, but officials have not said who will get them.The state Department of Public Health and Environment said Wednesday the shots will come the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which announced plans this week to distribute 7.2 million doses it still has.The state health department will review needs of various agencies before deciding how to dole out Colorado’s share, spokeswoman Lori Maldonado said.”We will be checking with long-term care facilities and 13 regional emergency response for bioterrorism centers to see what their needs are, and based on those needs, the department will ship those vaccines directly to them,” she said.Colorado has 1.2 million people considered high-risk who should get flu shots, but it was not clear how many had received them.The state surveyed health-care providers last month to inventory supplies and assess needs. The CDC’s planned shipment was a result of that survey.CDC spokeswoman Julie Gerberding said the vaccine will be shipped in the next few months as it becomes available.Health officials and flu shot makers initially planned this season on having more than 100 million doses nationwide, the biggest supply ever. But last month flu-shot maker Chiron Corp. announced it could not ship its 48 million doses after British health officials suspended the maker’s license because of contamination problems with the company’s Liverpool plant.Two influenza cases have been confirmed in Colorado this season, one type A, which is more dangerous to adults, and one type B, which is harder on children.

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