Updated national vaccine supply shortages

Date: Sept 15, 2002

Updated National Vaccine Supply ShortagesThe August 12, 2002 update from the U.S. Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention: only those vaccines included on therecommended childhood immunization schedule are included inthis update. ExpectedVaccine Shortage durationHepatitis [B.sub.1] NoDiphtheria, Tetanus, and No (2) Pertussis (DTaP)Tetanus and Diphtheria No Toxoids (Td)Haemophilus influenzae See note (3) type b (Hib) (1)Inactivated Polio (IPV) NoMeasles, Mumps, and No (2) Rubella (MMR)Varicella NoPneumococcal (PCV) Yes Last quarter of 2002 or laterHepatitis A No Temporary change fromVaccine routine recommendationHepatitis [B.sub.1]Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxoids (Td)Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) (1)Inactivated Polio (IPV)Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)VaricellaPneumococcal (PCV) Yes (see www.cdc.gov/ mmwr/preview/ mmwrhtml/mm5050a4.htm)Hepatitis A(1)--Two to four weeks are required to fill Hepatitis B/Hibcombination orders. Full availability should return by fall 2002.(2)--Vaccine supplies are sufficient to return to the routineschedule as recommended by the Advisory Committee on ImmunizationPractices (ACIP). However, additional vaccine is not availablefor ambitious recall or special initiative programs at this time.(3)--Hib vaccine is available from Aventis Pasteur. Hib vaccineorders from Wyeth require up to 60 days to fill, and theirsupply is not likely to improve in 2002. Orders from Merck aretaking 6 to 8 weeks to fill, with little improvement expectedbefore December 2002.

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