May 7, 2010 4:50 PM by Carina Corral
We have updated numbers on just how many swine flu vaccinations have expired and been discarded locally.
According to the public health department:
2,000 have been thrown out in San Luis Obispo County and 22,000 in Santa Barbara County.
Each department has enough left in its supply to meet demand until fall, when the seasonal flu shot will protect against swine flu as well.
"We have about 500 doses on hand and will continue to give it out by appointment for free, at our Health Department sites," said Michelle Shoresman, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager II for the San Luis Obispo Public Health Department.
There are 3,340 doses of H1N1 vaccine available in Santa Barbara County.
"This is enough to meet the demand we have locally for vaccine. Because H1N1 flu is still occurring locally, it's important for people at higher risk for more serious flu complications, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated either through their OB provider or through the Public Health Department," said Deputy Director of Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Michele Mickiewicz.
Free H1N1 vaccines are available by contacting the following health clinics: