Maccabi Health Services ran out of flu vaccinations in the last few days, but the other three health funds still have tens of thousands of shots. The Health Ministry said it expects new supplies to arrive in two to four weeks.
In recent years, no more than a quarter of Israelis – and about 60 percent of those over the age of 65 – have gone for a flu shot, even though it is recommended for all over the age of six-months. But due to publicity about the death a few weeks ago of a 54-year-old woman from flu complications, the media and the public went into a panic and large numbers of unvaccinated people ran to their health fund clinics for shots.
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