Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with help from epidemiologists around the world, select the virus strains to be included in influenza vaccines for the upcoming season. This year, due to late-emerging virus strains, The WHO decided to delay selection for one month in the hope of improving the match of the virus strains expected to circulate during the 2019-2020 season and thereby producing a vaccine that is more effective.
As a result of this decision to collect additional data and make a more informed selection, it is anticipated that delivery of flu vaccine this year will be 3-4 weeks behind schedule.
The Board of Health flu clinics will be scheduled for mid to late October.
The Board of Health anticipates receiving our vaccine in multiple shipments beginning in September so the timing of our clinics may be earlier than we currently anticipate.
We will provide additional information through our normal communcation channels.