H1N1 vaccine preparations being made - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/17/09

H1N1 vaccine preparations being made

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If CDC officials say that a swine flu vaccine is needed, young children may be the first to get it.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says schools should be prepared to turn into shot clinics this fall.  More than 60% of H1N1 cases have been in young children and teens, as well as a majority of deaths.  A swine flu vaccine is still in development and clinical trials testing its safety are planned for late summer.  However, Sebelius says we cannot wait until October to plan for widespread vaccinations.

Officials are monitoring how the H1N1 virus acts in the southern hemisphere this summer and are depending on that information to determine whether to move forward with a vaccine, and how they should prioritize the supply. 

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