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CDC hopeful swine flu vaccine will be available soon

By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The government is facing a troubling time-line so five drug makers met in Washington Thursday to try to come up with a plan. 

Here is the problem:  the swine flu could be back in force as soon as September, when kids go back to school, but most of the vaccines will not be ready before mid-October.  The studies to determine if the vaccine is safe won't be finished until November.  Today, some drug makers agreed to rush production, hopefully making shots available by mid-September, but nothing can be done to shrink the time it takes to fully test the vaccine.

There are at least five clinical studies planned to test the vaccine on adults and children as young as six months old.  In most cases, the vaccine will require two shots, three weeks apart.  The government has already purchased 195 million doses.  Next week, the CDC is expected to decide who should get it first. 

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