Some NJ restaurant owners worried outbreak of flu could affect business

According to the State Department of Health and Human Services, there are no reported cases of the flu in New Jersey. However, some local restaurant owners are worried an outbreak of the flu due to the vaccine shortage will affect business.

One restaurant owner says it would be rough if four or five of his employees were out sick. He says customers would not be happy because food from the kitchen would go out slower. He also says it would be very stressful on his healthy employees.

Officials say it is too early to tell how any outbreak of influenza due to the shortage of vaccines would affect the workforce. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson says relief supplies are on the way from England. He urges residents not to stand in line because approximately 24-million doses of the vaccine have not been shipped.

Health officials are asking residents who are healthy not to get a flu shot so those who are ill can receive one.

Related link:New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

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