Top health officials defend why there aren't enough Swine-Flu vaccines - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/4/09

Top health officials defend why there aren't enough Swine-Flu vaccines

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Meanwhile Wednesday some of the nation's top health officials were in the hot seat on Capitol Hill answering questions about why we were supposed to have 160 million doses available by now, when instead there are just 32 million out there nationwide.

"We started late, to no fault of anybody that's when the virus appeared, you have a flu that's waiting for kids to go back to school, and you have a slow grower, that's the issue, that's the issue," said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the NIH.

But there have been other issues too.  In Pennsylvania, a school district had to throw out 5,000 doses after a refrigerator accidentally froze it.  Also, the government is looking at a way to make sure those who are sick don't have to choose between staying home and making money.  New legislation would require employers to give workers with the Swine-Flu, up to five days off with pay.  

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