The California Department of Public Health provides thousands of free flu vaccines to local county health departments every year in an effort to limit the impact of the virus, which killed 300 people in the state in 2013.
But when NBC4's sister station in the Bay Area, KNTV, began looking into exactly how many of those vaccines make it out to the public, it found millions of dollars in waste with minimal oversight.
It's an inefficient system that has health experts raising this question: If counties can't effectively distribute routine flu vaccines, how prepared are they to respond to other disease outbreaks?
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