Several people stopped by the Fun and Friends Senior Center in Thayer and the Alton Senior Center to receive their flu shot Sept. 28. Now that the H1N1 virus is in the mix along with the seasonal flu, people are trying to prepare themselves and their families by getting a normal flu shot and waiting until later this month to get the H1N1 vaccine.
Though World Health Organization officials have reported that everything seems to be going well with testing the H1N1 vaccine and there are no shortages of the seasonal flu vaccine reported, there is some bad news from one drug maker. All the more reason for people, especially children, to get both vaccines.
Roche Holdings announced Sept. 23 that their liquid version of Tamiflu for children is running short. Tamiflu, along with Relenza, is prescribed to treat seasonal flu and has been used to treat swine flu (H1N1).
Company spokeswoman Kristina Becker said since H1N1 first arrived in April, the demand for Tamiflu went up, and the company focused on making more adult-strength pills, which are faster to make than the liquid children's formula.
Becker also said that pharmacies can grind the adult pills of the drug to create smaller doses for children.
Health officials say treating children with Tamiflu is complicated since children's dosages depend on their weight. These officials advise that when a prescription is filled for Tamiflu, make sure to check the instructions on both the pharmacy label and the manufacturer's label, and rely on a pharmacist or doctor for any answers to questions about taking the drug.