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By November, the U.S. will have only half the doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine originally predicted, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services now say.
By Oct. 15, the U.S. now expects to have 45 million doses of the new vaccine on hand. Every week after that, another 20 million doses should roll in until the nation has all 195 million doses it's contracted for from five vaccine makers.
This means that at the end of October, there should be 85 million doses -- just over half the 160 million doses predicted by that date.
There was always an asterisk next to the prediction of 160 million swine flu doses by November. That's because vaccine production is a multi-step process in which a lot can go wrong.
Officials originally felt smug when it turned out that the original H1N1 swine flu vaccine seed strains didn't grow well -- that was included in their prediction.
It seems likely that people will need two doses, given three weeks apart, for protection. That means even those at the front of the vaccine-priority line won't be fully protected until late November, four to six weeks after their first shot.
Originally posted by Maya00a
Why do otherwise healthy people even need the vaccine when it hasn't worsened in countries that are already in their winter flu season?
Originally posted by warrenb
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America
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If those who had the swine flu vaccine in 1976, which I did, contracted Guillain-Barre syndrom, do they have to get this new swine flu vaccine? And, I just read of one survivors story.....the ONLY symptom she had was a sore throat. That was it. So, here I am with a sore throat and cold symptoms. I woke up Saturday with a sore throat unlike I've had in years. Then the sneezing, aches, and a little short of breath. I am not going to an ER, and of course my doctor doesn't work on weekends. Do I have just a cold? Or could it be the flu? And if it is the swine flu should I get this new vaccine? I'm so confused.
RT News Report: Swine flu vaccines = Major medical threat, US Gov hiding data (Aug 19 2009 report)
[edit on 21-8-2009 by warrenb]