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Calif. woman dies after wait for flu shot
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bob Franklin looks at photos of his wife, Marie, Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, in his Orinda, Calif., home. Marie died Thursday after fainting and hitting her head while waiting in line for a flu shot at a local supermarket. (AP Photo/Dino Vournas)
LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- A 79-year-old woman who stood in line outside a supermarket for more than five hours waiting for a flu shot collapsed and later died, the woman's daughter said.
Marie Franklin stood with her husband and hundreds of other seniors outside a Safeway supermarket Wednesday but collapsed when she left the line to seek shade, striking her head, said Ginni Poulos, Franklin's daughter.
Franklin died from her injuries on Thursday, according to the country coroner's office.
"She was standing the entire time, with nowhere to sit and no shade," Poulos said.
Fines, jail time threatened in flu shot shortage
States vow to crack down on unscrupulous health care providersThe Associated Press
Updated: 6:54 p.m. ET Oct. 15, 2004LANSING, Mich. - Thinking of trying to wheedle a flu shot from your doctor even though you’re not at high-risk for flu complications?
Forget about it in Michigan. Or Washington, D.C. Or Massachusetts.
As the vaccine shortage hits home and long lines queue around the supermarket, a handful of states and the nation’s capital are threatening doctors and nurses with fines or even jail if they give flu shots to healthy, low-risk people.
Health officials downplay the punishment and say that most health care workers are following the guidelines.
Flu shot shortage looms
Chiron, vaccine maker that was to provide half of U.S. supply, forced to shut down British plant.
October 6, 2004: 6:41 PM EDT
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Public health officials predicted a flu vaccine shortage in the United States this season after Chiron Corp. said Tuesday it won't be able to make millions of doses of the vaccine due to problems at its British plant.
The drug maker's bombshell that it will not be able to ship its supply of flu shots this year presents a major problem for consumers and investors alike. CNNfn's Fred Katayama reports.
Chiron, based in Emeryville in northern California, said in a statement that it had expected to provide nearly half the U.S. supply of flu shots for the 2004-2005 season. It said it was discussing the impact of the problems with the U.S. authorities at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Flu Shot Seekers' Tempers Flare
(CBS/AP) Seventy-year-old Homer Fink spent eight hours sitting next to a supermarket Halloween display to get a flu shot that he wasn't able to get at five other places.
"I've had five bypasses and six stents in me now. I need the shot," said Fink, who got the third spot in line by arriving at 1 a.m. Friday for a clinic scheduled to start at 9 at the Kroger store. It was the last vaccination clinic in the area.
The scene was repeated across the country as the nation's suddenly limited supply of flu vaccine was drained. People lined up at pharmacies and supermarkets in the middle of the night: old folks with oxygen tanks, sleeping children bundled up in strollers, people in wheelchairs.
Originally posted by Mynaeris
I keep reading about the flu shot shortage and the crisis relating to it? Is it only now that there is a shortage that everybody feels the need for the shot. I have never had a flu shot, none of my friends have had one in previous years either but now feel that they are being deprived???