From what I heard, these weren't misplaced. They are the reserves held back in case of a shortage. No idea how much truth there is in that, though. If it is true, it might actually be a good thing since these will likely be given only to those in high risk categories.
Apparently, the manufacturers scaled back in their production because so many went unused last year. It takes months to make more, so I think the demand this year caught them as at least somewhat of a surprise.
My rather uneducated hunch is that if the media hysteria is driven by the vaccine companies, it's driven more by the FluMist maker than the regular vaccine.