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Vaccines, Blood & Biologics

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Influenza Virus Vaccine for the 2002-2003 Season

2002/2003 Season Lot Release Status (as of November 14, 2002)
Flu vaccine lots that have been released by FDA and are available for distribution by the manufacturers.

For information on flu vaccine distribution schedules, please contact the manufacturers directly.

Manufacturer Total Number of Lots Released by FDA
Fluzone
Aventis-Pasteur Inc.
(Connaught Laboratories, Inc.)
Discovery Drive
Swiftwater, PA 18370-0187
(800) 720-8972
fax: 888-889-7129
76
Fluvirin
Evans Vaccines Limited
585 Science Drive
Madison, WI 53711
37
Flushield
Wyeth Laboratories, Inc.
Wasp and Biddle Streets
P.O. Box 354
Marietta, PA 17547-0354
(800) Flushield
(800) 358-7443
53

The trivalent influenza vaccine prepared for the 2002-2003 season will include A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1); A/Panama/2007/99 (H3N2), which is an A/Moscow/10/99-like virus; and B/Hong Kong/330/2001-like virus. These viruses will be used in manufacturing because of their growth properties and because they are representative of currently circulating influenza A and B viruses.

There are currently no anticipated shortages or delays in the availability of influenza vaccine for the 2002-2003 flu season. For this year's vaccine, information on lots released by FDA for distribution will be posted on a monthly basis. In the future, this information will be made available on this web site only in the event that shortage situations or delays in distribution arise.