BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - In-school FluMist vaccination clinics in Brunswick County are being canceled because the health department has not received the expected shipment of the vaccine from the manufacture.
The order that was placed last spring is taking longer than expected and is affecting supplies of FluMist worldwide.
The Health Department was notified on Wednesday that they would not receive the order that was placed last spring.
"We're disappointed that we must cancel the FluMist clinics, and are only doing so after other means to secure the intranasal vaccine proved unsuccessful,"Brunswick County Health and Human Services Executive Director, David Stanley said.
The Brunswick County Health Department, as an alternative, will offer flu injection vaccinations after school is dismissed on Friday, October 9 until 6 p.m.
Scheduling for the after-school vaccinations will follow the originally published FluMist schedule:
Vaccinations will be made available to students, parents, teachers and staff. Parents who decide to have their child vaccinated must accompany the child to sign the consent form.
In order to help curb the amount of people with the flu in the community, the Brunswick County Health Department and Brunswick County Schools offer in-school vaccination clinics at public and private schools each year.
"It's an important way to protect yourself against the flu," Stanley said. "And this is the primary way folks can protect themselves from either not getting the flu or getting a mild case of it."
The program typically vaccinates a large portion of school-age children within Brunswick County.
For additional information please contact Cyndi Glenn at (910)-253-2250