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Highway 101 closure delays flu vaccine shipments

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Clinicians at an Atascadero pediatrics clinic said the closure of Highway 101 has prevented them from getting usable flu vaccines.

The report comes from Patterson and Tedford Pediatrics. They said the delay resulted in a FedEx delay that kept the shipment of vaccines from getting to Atascadero until a later date than scheduled.

Clinicians said because vaccines are perishable, they must be kept at a proper temperature. Because of the shipment delay, the vaccines were not kept at a regulated window and clinicians now have to return them.

Patterson and Tedford pediatrics have ordered new vaccines but do not have an estimated arrival time.

They said they still have remaining vaccines for infants younger than six months and toddlers younger than three years. 

There are six remaining flu vaccines for people over the age of 65.

The delay comes as Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County have reported more than a dozen combined flu-related deaths in the last month.

In Santa Barbara County, there have been six reported flu-related deaths in the last two weeks and in San Luis Obispo County, there have been ten reported flu-related deaths since early December.

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