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Flu clinic canceled.

Byline: Michael Kane

BOYLSTON - A conflict with the state's delivery system for flu vaccines has led to the cancellation of the flu clinic scheduled for next Saturday, Oct. 17, at Tahanto.

Health Agent Dennis Costello said the state had started to deliver flu vaccines early while it waited for a swine flu/H1N1 vaccine to be created. At the same time, the state had instructed towns to move the date of their flu clinics to earlier in the season to avoid a conflict. But, then the H1N1 vaccine arrived and deliveries changed.

"They interrupted the whole thing to send out the H1N1 vaccine," Costello said. "Right now, it's very confusing. A lot of communities are in the position where they have to cancel flu clinics."

Costello said, once the vaccines are in hand, the Board of Health will determine the best course of action, whether that be multiple clinics or a clinic where both vaccines are given. That information will be announced on cable television, the town's Web site ( and The Banner.

"Once we know where we stand and we have an ample supply in hand, we'll put it out there," Costello said.
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Date:Oct 8, 2009
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