2004-10-21 / Top Stories

Sen. Clinton Issues Flu Vaccine Resource Guide For New Yorkers

New York’s junior senator, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Monday began distributing a resource guide to New Yorkers searching for flu vaccine information.

“We have received hundreds of calls from New Yorkers wanting more in-formation about where they can go to receive the vaccine, if they are among those at high risk for the flu or could forego the vaccine to ensure that someone else at greater risk gets one,” Clinton said. “And what we realized is that for every call we have gotten, there are dozens of more people who need this same information.”

The resource guide developed by Senator Clinton’s office provides a list of agencies that are offering assistance to those seeking help in locating flu vaccine supplies throughout New York State. Also included is information on the flu, priority groups for vaccination, vaccination details and local facilities that are currently administering the vaccine. Since vaccine supplies are changing from day to day, the guide also provides phone numbers for the latest information on vaccine availability. Finally, the guide contains contact information for the Centers for Disease Control, New York State De-partment of Health, and the New York State Office of the Aging.

“I am hopeful that this information will be useful to New Yorkers as we try to ensure that those at greatest risk receive the vaccination they need,” Senator Clinton said. “The disturbing fact remains that more could have been done to prevent this shortage and more needs to be done now to address it. The analysis and recommendations have long existed to prevent this problem. The flu season is a predictable, annual occurrence and should not result in this kind of crisis year after year. I believe this event raises fundamental questions about whether our government has made the proper investments in our public health infrastructure.”

Shortly after the announcement that Chiron would be unable to supply almost half of the nation’s supply of flu vaccine this year, Senator Clinton joined with a bipartisan group of Sen-ators in introducing The Emergency Flu Response Act of 2004. The legislation would provide the nation’s health agencies with the tools they need to protect the public health from the danger of influenza and maximize our reduced vaccine stocks. The bill would also provide the CDC and Fed-eral health agencies with the resources they need to purchase flu vaccine from nations with excess supply, and give the FDA the authority to review im-ported vaccine under an expedited timeframe.

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