Influenza vaccines sit on a table at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Oct. 17, 2019. ERICKA WOOLEVER/U.S. AIR FORCE
Influenza vaccines sit on a table at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Oct. 17, 2019. ERICKA WOOLEVER/U.S. AIR FORCE

Medical fridge malfunction renders adult flu vaccine ‘unusable’ at Yokota

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Mechanical failure in a medical refrigerator has delayed access to adult influenza vaccinations at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo, a 374th Airlift Wing spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Adult vaccines were halted last week, according to an Oct. 23 Facebook post by the wing’s medical group.

“Pediatric flu shots are still available (ages 6 to 36 months),” the message said. “There is no estimated availability at this time, however, an update will be made once the new supply has arrived.”

Yokota spokeswoman Kaori Matsukasa confirmed in an email Wednesday that a broken-down fridge was responsible.

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