Flu vaccines at clinics going to family doctors

  From Staff Reports
  To help better serve the public during the national flu vaccine shortage, First Assist Urgent Care Clinics will be reallocating vaccine supplies from walk-in facilities to family physicians and internal medicine practices.
  "Due to the current national situation, we feel it's best for people to go to their primary care physician for this vaccine," Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation (BRMMC) Vice President Brenda Neas said Friday.
  Blue Ridge is an administrative arm of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) and is responsible for managing the clinics.
  While the Urgent Care Clinics generally offer the vaccine to the general public, Neas said due to the request by the National Center for Disease Control to follow specified guidelines in deciding priority needs, it is best to let physicians decide which of their established patients are most at risk.
  "These physicians have a history with their patients, and they will be able to best determine who is in the most need and meets the CDC guidelines," Neas said.
  Neas said BRMMC is also ordering special no-waste syringes which are expected to provide two additional doses per each vial of vaccine. Vials normally hold 10 vaccines, but these special syringes will allow physicians to get 12 doses per vial.