More Greeks Getting Flu Shots, Causing Shortage in Vaccine

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Last Update: 14:57

According to the latest figures from the Health Ministry, more than 1.75 million flu vaccines have been imported into the country since early autumn of 2016 — a significant increase from 2015 where 1.63 million were imported or 2014 when 1.66 million were imported.

On Monday, the head of the Pharmacists’ Association, Constantinos Lourantos, spoke at a press conference where he explained that in 2016 Greeks warmed up to the idea of getting flu vaccine shots. However, one thing that the country was not counting on was the demand for the flu vaccine to actually result in a shortage of supply.

The rising sales of the vaccine for the 2016 flu season has caused a shortage, sources report, stating that an additional 27,500 shots are expected within the coming week with the flu season coming to full fruition after the holidays.

According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO) in Greece alone in 2015 there were more than 80 deaths from implications of flu virus strains and more than 100 deaths in 2014.

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