Published: July 31, 2007
Updated: Aug. 13, 2007
Because of frequent, recurrent shortages of vaccines manufactured in the U.S., it’s wise to plan immunizations needed for travel as far in advance as possible.
Many of you are aware of the influenza vaccine shortage but are probably unfamiliar with the recurrent, frequent, and persistent shortages of other vaccines manufactured in the U.S. These shortages do not receive the same media attention, are random, poorly reported to the public (or not reported at all), and are virtually all out of the control of health care providers.
The three primary reasons for these shortages and limited development of new vaccines are a) many vaccines are not profitable for pharmaceutical companies to produce, b) most vaccines cannot be mass produced as with traditional medications, and most importantly c) litigation make vaccines highly undesirable products to manufacture regardless of their necessity, high degree of safety, and effectiveness.
Our goal in bringing this to your attention is to: