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Flu Clinics Canceled Because Of Delay In Vaccine Distribution

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Cape Fear Valley Health System has canceled its flu clinics through Nov. 5 due to what it says is a backup in the distribution of the vaccine.

Officials with the Nash County Health Department also canceled an Oct. 27 flu clinic because of delays in receiving vaccines.

Cape Fear Valley officials said the clinics will continue when new shipments of the vaccine arrive. The next shipment is expected on Halloween.

Cape Fear Valley pharmacy director Tom Nicholson said the hospital had to cancel the clinics in order to have enough doses for hospital inpatients.

The hospital ordered a total of 18,000 doses last spring from two manufacturers, Nicholson said. So far, it has received 7,000 doses and is expected to receive 7,000 more on Oct. 31.

In late November or early December, the hospital should receive another 4,000 doses, some of which will be used for children's shots.

Cumberland County health officials and local doctors are also waiting for the vaccine.

Nash County officials have rescheduled all vaccination appointments to Nov. 3 and Nov. 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Nashville office and from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Rocky Mount office.

Residents also can get a flu shot or pneumonia shot from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the annual community flu vaccination sites, officials said.