Alaska’s Supply of Flu Shots Safe in Shutdown

Photo Credit: paulswansenAlaska’s supply of flu vaccinations was not affected during the federal government’s partial shutdown, but efforts to monitor influenza were crippled before furloughed federal workers were able to return to work.

The 16-day shutdown came to a close after the House and Senate voted late Wednesday to end it.

During the shutdown, no one at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced the agency’s weekly surveillance report. The CDC typically analyzes data and tracks flu cases in all 50 states.

During the shutdown, thousands of CDC workers were on furlough.

In Alaska, there should be an adequate supply of flu shots for all providers, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

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