FDA approves Swine Flu vaccine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/15/09

FDA approves Swine Flu vaccine

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The FDA approved the Swine Flu vaccine on Tuesday and the first batch should arrive in a few weeks.  There are currently four drug makers making the vaccination available at 90,000 sites around the country. 

The CDC is recommending certain groups be the first in line to receive the vaccine, including pregnant women, health care workers, and people ranging in age from as young as six months to 24-years-old.  The government says the vaccine is safe and effective and will either be given as a shot or an inhaled nasal spray.


"We are assured by scientists that lots of steps have been taken along the way to be sure this will be a safe procedure.  A single dose of vaccine rapidly introduces strong immune response in healthy adults," said Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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