Germans urged to have flu vaccination as supplies reach all time high

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:298
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    German based production of influenza vaccines for the 2007-8 season totalled 30.2 million doses, up almost 30% from 23.5 million a year ago. But demand from patients in Germany for flu vaccines has not kept pace with increased production. This has left an oversupply of unused doses on pharmacy shelves—and possibly triggered a spate of news stories based on press releases that urge people to be vaccinated.

    Susanne Stöcker, spokeswoman for the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Langen, which records vaccine production for Germany, told the BMJ that the institute does not know what percentage of the record 30.2 million doses have been used so far this season. However, she said that in past years spot shortages had developed by January, and she normally receives many telephone calls from …

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