Council Urges Faster Availability of H1N1 Vaccine

President Barack Obama's scientific advisers are recommending that the government should speed availability of at least a little H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, vaccine. They'd like to see it released next month rather than in October.

It's among the recommendations in a 68-page report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. It also urges federal health officials to do more social networking to put the young people targeted by the virus on notice; clarify who should use anti-flu drugs and how; and improve tracking of the fast-moving virus.

The government initially expected to launch swine flu vaccinations with 120 million available doses around mid-October. It now estimates it will have just 45 million doses on hand by October 15th, with the rest to be shipped at a pace of around 20 million per week through December.

There's plenty of vaccine against regular winter flu, which also is expected to circulate, and clinics and retailers have begun those inoculations.

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