FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

H1N1 vaccine doses expiring nationwide

Thousands of doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine in Florida are on the verge of expiration or have already expired following a dip in demand for the vaccine.

"It could be 50,000 to 100,000 vaccines," Ryan Pedigo, the director of public health preparedness at the Hillsborough County Health Department told

As many as 22,000 doses in Pinellas County will expire by next month and about 13,600 doses in Polk County will soon expire, reports. Three thousand doses in Pasco County will expire on Friday.

Nationwide, according to the CDC, as many as 70 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine are will either expire in the next few months or have already expired.

Health officials have said that, despite the millions of doses at risk of disposal, the quantity was worth it to ensure that enough doses were available for anyone who wanted one.

"We did have a nova virus, it's a very dangerous virus," Pedigo said.

The CDC estimates that $1.6 billion was spent on the H1N1 vaccination program by the United States. An estimate has not been released by the CDC of how much money will be lost by the mass expiration of the unused doses.

Nationwide, according to the CDC, more than 12,000 people died as a result of the H1N1 virus and more than 600 people in Florida were killed.