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10/5/04

Flu Vaccine Shortage

The nation needs a long-term way to maintain flu vaccine supplies according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control. This comes after the license of British supplier, the Chiron Corporation, was suspended because of a contamination problem at their plant.

Health officials in the U.S. are scrambling to come up with solutions since about half of the store of the flu vaccine has been wiped out. The loss of the vaccine for the upcoming flu season does pose a "serious challenge" according to Health and Human Services Department officials.

One solution Federal Health officials in the U.S. are looking into is diluting the doses of the vaccine already on hand. But for now, the government says if you are a healthy adult under the age of 65, you shouldn't get a flu shot this fall. That way, those at a higher risk can be vaccinated.

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