CDC says H1N1 vaccine should be available by November - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/20/09

CDC says H1N1 vaccine should be available by November

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New data from the CDC shows since September 1, more than half of those hospitalized from H1N1 are under age 25 and only 7% are over 65, which is almost the complete opposite of what we see with the seasonal flu. 

Officials say quick treatment of high risk groups with antivirals, like Tamiflu, is essential, even if rapid flu tests come back negative, because we're finding out that about half the time, the tests that come back negative are wrong. 

Another concern, the CDC says even though we've been talking about swine flu cases for a long time, we still haven't peaked yet. "We expect to see illness from H1N1 for several more months, and may see a lot of disease in the spring, so we're really just at the beginning," said Anne Schuchat, with the CDC.

With an additional three million doses of H1N1 vaccine becoming available for order this week, the CDC says we can expect widespread availability by November.  Meanwhile, seasonal vaccine shortages continue.

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