US rolls out massive swine flu vaccination campaign

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – US health authorities are hoping to contain what they say is an intensifying swine flu pandemic with a massive A(H1N1) vaccination campaign starting this week.

A nurse fills syringes with influenza vaccine at a drive-thru flu shot clinic in Napa, California

A nurse fills syringes with influenza vaccine at a drive-thru flu shot clinic in Napa, California

“We expect Friday in our weekly update of FluView that we will be reporting substantial flu illness in most of the country, significant flu activity in virtually all states,” said Anne Schuchat, director of the Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“Most states do have quite a lot of disease right now, and that is unusual for this time of the year,” she said at a press conference on Friday evening.

Schuchat reiterated the importance of vaccination for pregnant women and other groups considered particularly vulnerable to the virus, including children, young adults up to 24 years old, and those suffering from certain other chronic medical problems.
US health authorities on Friday announced plans for a massive vaccination campaign intended to protect millions of Americans, with the first distribution of 600,000 vaccine doses set for Tuesday, two weeks ahead of schedule.
The United States expects to quickly dispense some six or seven million doses and hopes to administer 250 million doses by the end of the year.

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4 responses to “US rolls out massive swine flu vaccination campaign

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  3. audiegrl

    I’m going to get one, as soon as they are available here.

  4. Don Richards

    Audiegrl,
    Don’t rush.
    Give nature at least 90 days to test it (on a large populace) before you submit.
    Check the study so far.
    What vaccine did they test?
    On how many people? Historical vaccine statistics suggest you should wait.
    Or just go with the nasel spray.
    Why did they go to the trouble of producing the spray if just gettng innoculated is so important?
    = = = = = = =
    Trust but confirm, especially if you are pg.

    vslsr

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