Redistributing Vaccine Policy

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized hospitals and other health care entities to redistribute flu vaccine due to the shortage. The agency has advised hospitals to collect the following information when redistributing vaccine: vaccine brand name, manufacturer and distributor, lot number, number of doses transferred, and recipient’s name and address.

Information on proper handling, storage, and shipping is available from www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vac_mgt_book.htm#flu.