Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Flu shots postponed this year.(Health)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

Doctors unsure when they'll get vaccines

It will be hit or miss whether flu vaccines beat the influenza virus to New Mexico this year. Vaccines have been slow getting out to the field because manufacturers had a difficult time growing one of the new strains that is to be included in this season's vaccines. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey the types of influenza virus making the rounds and predict which ones should be covered in vaccines.

"I'm sure there's some (vaccines) trickling in here and there," said C. Mack Sewell, state epidemiologist. "If we can squeak by until late December or January, we should be in pretty good shape. …

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