Influenza vaccine’s reserves became scarce amid increased demand in other countries.
Islamabad: Influenza vaccine’s demand in developed countries has increased dramatically due to the on-going second wave of coronavirus. The influenza vaccine has become unavailable to developing countries like Pakistan.
November and December are considered as the optimum months for a flu shot but as the vaccine is unavailable now, it has affected thousands of people in our country. Particularly those individuals who have a high risk of complications associated with flu.
High-risk population are advised to get a flu shot in October or November by the health experts to reduce the ratio of mortality and morbidity. Due to more demand and less supply , the vaccine distributors haven’t received any vial of vaccine from the two leading manufacturers this year
The French pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi-Aventis is one of the providers of the influenza vaccine but their products are not being imported right now because of the ongoing boycott of all French products.
Abbott is the second manufacturer but it also didn’t provide any supplies as it had bigger orders from abroad.
The vaccine of flu develops antibodies after two weeks of vaccination. Theses antibodies protect the person against the flue viruses.
“The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming season,”.