LUBBOCK, TX - U.S. officials say the swine flu vaccine supply will only be half of what they were expecting come October. Experts at the Department of Health and Human Services say 45 million doses of the H1-N1 vaccine will be ready in October, rather than the 120 million doses they had planned for.
Delays in manufacturing and packaging of the vaccines are to blame. CDC officials say pregnant women and healthcare workers should be the first in line to get the two-dose vaccine, followed by school-age children and teens.
Clinical trials of the vaccine are underway in the United States; it could be approved as early as September. Eventually, everyone should be able to get the vaccine; it's just going to take a little longer than expected.
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