Sunday, April 18, 2010

Maine's H1N1 Vaccine Supply Nearing Expiration

"Maine, like other states, will have to dispose of thousands of unused doses of H1N1 "swine flu" vaccine by the end of summer, as the doses reach their expiration date.

While next year's general flu vaccine will include H1N1 protection, Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Dora Anne Mills says the swine flu episode leaves behind questions about the nation's flu vaccine capacity.

"For us to have a pandemic that is identified at the end of April 2009, and not to have enough vaccine until January of 2010, is unacceptable," Mills told Capitol News Service. "We can't wait eight months to get sufficient vaccine. We had a severe shortage this fall, people were very frustrated."

Mills says Congress needs to put more money into research to develop faster ways to produce vaccine. Mills says Maine currently has about 130,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine on hand, and she advises those who haven't been vaccinated against the virus to take advantage of the doses that are still on hand."
Source:  "Maine's H1N1 Vaccine Supply Nearing Expiration", Maine Public Broadcasting Network, April 12, 2010.  Click here for more news about Maine and Swine Flu.

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