Flu vaccine distributors had strong 2020 sales, but they expect a slump this year

Although New York had one of its mildest flu seasons from October 2020 through this month, flu vaccine distributors and manufacturers were not negatively affected during that period. Their sales were locked in before anyone knew there would be a global Covid-19 pandemic.

The companies have noted softer sales so far this year, however. And because of the way their distribution systems are set up, there might be fewer shots available for the upcoming flu season. That, coupled with relaxed mask wearing and increased travel, could lead to bad outcomes once the season hits.

At the start of last year, many distributors had a bumper “prebooking” period, in which

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