Wisconsin Flu Vaccine Surplus

As the flu season nears an end, Wisconsin has 44,000 leftover doses of the flu vaccine set to expire in June.

Flu shots were severely limited this fall to high-risk populations, including the elderly and very young children, as the nation dealt with a shortage of the vaccine.

Through a federal program, the state received nearly 100,000 doses of vaccine intended for children under 18 from low-income families.

But the state didn't vaccinate as many children as expected, and many others who wanted flu shots were turned away as much of the state's stash sat in storage.

Federal restrictions on who could get the shots were lifted in January, but state officials say they weren't allowed to free up extra doses until a month later.

The leftover doses are worth about 365-thousand dollars.