WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

First Swine Flu Vaccine to Be Available in the U.S. Oct. 5th

September 25, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - The first swine flu vaccine should be in some
doctors' offices as early as Oct. 5, U.S. health officials said
Friday.

These early batches of vaccine will protect 6 million to 7 million people. Over time, the government expects to have a total of 250 million doses of the new vaccine, although 10 percent of that has been promised to other countries.

The U.S. vaccine shipments will go directly to doctors, clinics
and other providers designated by each state, Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention officials said at a press conference. Most
of the initial doses will be a nasal spray form of vaccine, but the
majority of doses during flu season will be shots.

CDC officials also said swine flu is widespread in 26 states
now, up from 21 a week ago.

Some possible good news - the intensity is trending down a
little in the Southeast. The percentage of doctor's office visits
for flu-like illnesses fell slightly in Georgia and some other
states. However, the improvement is only slight and it's not clear
if it's the start of a national trend or not, CDC officials said.

The CDC doesn't have an exact count of swine flu deaths and
hospitalizations, but existing reports suggest the infection has
caused more than 600 deaths and more than 9,000 hospitalizations.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 61495172