H1N1 flu vaccination begins for school children in US

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in the 2009 H1N1 press conference that H1N1 2009 vaccine levels are increasing but are still short of expected levels.

Drug companies in US are increasing production of the H1N1 vaccine for the swine flu, revealed by US’ Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

In US, people are lined up to be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu this week. Clinics have wait times of two-to-four hours. As school students are hard hit by the H1N1 virus, residents are requested to let those in high-priority groups get the H1N1 vaccine first. Swine flu has killed 114 children in the US since the outbreak surfaced in April.

Despite nationwide shortfalls in the supply of swine flu vaccine, US health officials are going ahead with the first stage of its plan to vaccinate school children.

48 US states are now reporting widespread influenza activity while production delays continue to hamper distribution of the H1N1 flu vaccine across the country. There were 1.8 million to 5.7 million cases of swine flu in the country during the epidemic’s first spring wave, according to a new estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA

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