Flu Vaccine and Tamiflu Shortage, What Can You Do?

There's a shortage of flu vaccine in 2013. Image by zeathiel

There’s a shortage of flu vaccine in 2013. Image by zeathiel

The 2012-2013 flu season is the worst it’s been in a decade – reaching epidemic levels – and now the news has hit that there is a shortage of flu vaccines and Tamiflu. With many states seeing widespread flu activity and cities like Boston declaring a health emergency, what will you do if you get sick?

Flu Vaccine and Tamiflu Shortage

The 2012/2013 influenza season has hit hard, and now there’s a flu vaccine shortage as well as a Tamiflu shortage. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccine manufactures made 135 million doses of flu vaccine. Sanofi SA, the largest flu vaccine manufacture, told the Chicago Tribune that they have sold out of four of the six different types of flu vaccines, and have been unable to make more because they are busy working on next year’s flu season vaccine. However, an estimated 35 percent of the U.S. population receives the flu vaccine, so there are still vaccines to go around if you want to get the flu shot – you just may have to go to a few different places before finding a provider that has not sold out.

There is also a shortage of the liquid form of Tamiflu given to children. According to the Chicago Tribune, there is a delay in the shipment, which is causing the shortage. While waiting for the liquid Tamiflu, pharmacists can dissolve Tamiflu capsules in a sweet liquid as a substitute.

Flu Symptoms: Alternative Treatment Options

According to the CDC, most flu cases are mild and do not need a prescription medication, so managing the symptoms is a good way to start feeling better. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue, headaches, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea (though mainly seen in children). These symptoms can be mild to severe; if you or your child have severe symptoms, you need to be seen by a medical professional.


Click to Read Page Two: When Tamiflu is Sold Out

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  1. Julia says

    Thank you Marcus, I agree. Everyone who takes the flut shot will have a reaction, often, they will get the flu that they try to avoid. The pharmaceutical companies are pure evil, they are all about selling their dangerous vaccines and cash in BIG on it. They make believe that there is a shortage to scare people, they use the medias to make sure everyone will hear the same thing at the same time, thinking that people will rush and get the vaccine. EVIL.

    People, do yourself a favor and look into SILVER BIOTICS, it’s a silver solution used by the military that you can use as a nasal spray and internally. It is the only thing I use in time of flu or else and it helps me heal in just a couple of days…. WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS!!!

    Say no to these vaccines and their dangerous side effects. Protect your children, your family. If you do not believe that vaccines do have SEVERE and sometimes FATAL side effects, take sometimes and do some research on the subject.

  2. says

    Now my approach is that you can prevent the flu by not getting it.
    Relate this to a traffic ticket. If you don’t speed or
    run a red light then you are free.
    Flu Symptoms originated in the Middle ages – then called the Plague.
    And ever since then we have had Clolera, Tubercolosis, Yellow fever.
    Then the Swine flu.
    And the list goes on. AIDS.
    Stay away from downbeat sick people. They are Zombies.
    If you are smart rent a seasonal cabib in upper New York.

  3. marcus113 says

    This should be under business news because it is all about selling shots of a worthless vaccine that almost never works. This bioengineer wants to see how they determined that these vaccines work at 60% clip. Also given that these so called vaccines are so popular, why are the latest epidemics worse than before the days these shots got so popular? Also, why is it that all 5 people I know who got vaccinated all got sick (one of them twice) in the last 4 months? Why is it that everyone I know that was NOT vaccinates, had milder symptoms than those who got vaccinated. Ive been watching the results of flu shots for several years now and unless all my friends are mutants, everything points to the fact that the shots absolutely dont work. Not only that, but people get sick from the shots themselves for a few days (one of my friends did).

  4. I. H. says

    I would like to recommend nasal rinsing to everyone who’s interested in preventing the cold/flu. It is also an effective remedy for seasonal allergies. Nasal rinsing removes foreign bodies like allergens, bacteria etc. from the lining of your nose before they can get active, so to speak. (No, I’m not advertising here.) I just wanted to let everyone know that there is a lot more you can do than just washing your hands and wear surgical masks to prevent germs from entering your body through the nose.
    Nasal rinsing products are available over the counter with different applicators. I prefer the one with the plastic bottle, though. Just make sure you follow the instructions and/or ask your doc/nurse what they think about it.

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