Wednesday, September 16, 2009

FDA Approves New Swine Flu Vaccine: Bulk Of Vaccine To Start Arriving Oct. 15

[Sarasota for Vaccination Choice comment: Wow, those 'clinical trials' were fast! Have the Feds waived their July waiver of immunity for the vaccine manufacturers and federal officials rushing the vaccines to the people? No, and don't hold your breath!]

Posted: 10:56 am PDT September 15, 2009
Updated: 2:20 pm PDT September 15, 2009

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration approved the new swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to start mass vaccinations next month. Limited supplies should start trickling out the first week of October -- about a week earlier than expected, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress. Then about 45 million doses should arrive around Oct. 15, followed by more shipments each week.

She said they'll be available at up to 90,000 sites, including schools and clinics, across the U.S. that state health departments have chosen as best at getting the shots out fast.

Eventually, "we will have enough vaccine available for everyone," Sebelius said. Everyone who wants it, that is.

The government has ordered 195 million doses but may order more if there's enough demand, she said. Typically fewer than 100 million Americans seek flu vaccine every year, and it's unclear whether swine flu -- what scientists prefer to call the 2009 H1N1 strain -- will prompt much more demand. A recent Associated Press-GfK poll found 57 percent of people said they were likely to get it.

This year is unusual: Many people will have to line up twice for flu vaccine, once to be inoculated against regular winter flu and a second time for an H1N1 vaccination.


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