H1N1 vac­cine pro­duc­tion could fall short by 12 mil­lion doses

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A top of­fi­cial at the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion said there could be 10 mil­lion to 12 mil­lion fewer doses of the H1N1 flu vac­cine avail­able than the At­lanta-based agency had ex­pected by the end of Oc­to­ber. “Some man­u­fac­tur­ers have let us know that pro­duc­tion might be de­layed in fu­ture weeks,” Anne Schuchat, di­rec­tor of the CDC’s Na­tional Cen­ter for Im­mu­niza­tion and Res­pi­ra­tory Dis­eases, said in a news con­fer­ence. Sep­a­rately, a New York judge granted a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der to the New York State Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees Fed­er­a­tion, which had sued the state to block a pol­icy re­quir­ing flu vac­ci­na­tions of health­care work­ers by Nov. 30, the union re­ported on Oct. 16. The judge will hear ar­gu­ments on Oct. 30. (For more on how providers are pre­par­ing for H1N1, see p. 28. For more on an­other group of nurses were plan­ning to sue over the or­der, see p. 17.)

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