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Smith Cancels Flu Clinic, Offers Excess Vaccine to City

Due to a national shortage in the supply of flu vaccine, Smith College Health Services has canceled its annual flu clinic scheduled for October 27, and adopted recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (an office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services) in rationing vaccines this fall.

Flu vaccine distribution will be offered to those most in need. For a list of guidelines on people eligible for the vaccine, consult www.smith.edu/health/fluvaccineupdate.html.

Meanwhile, Health Services has arranged to donate its excess doses of vaccine to the City of Northampton’s Department of Health. The city had ordered all of its vaccine supply for the year (650 doses) from the Liverpool plant of the American pharmaceutical company Chiron Corp., the same plant from which the U.S. government ordered the bulk of its vaccine doses. That plant’s license has been revoked by the British government following questions over quality-control issues.

 
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