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Deal raises questions about flu medicine

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   The ranking republican on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health wants to know why the nation is experiencing a shortage of the H1-N1 vaccine.

When Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met with Congress several months ago she assured them there would be enough vaccine, but in the last two weeks she's returned to Congress to say the initial demand won't be met.

Congressman Nathan Deal says 540 Georgians have been hospitalized and 27 people have died as a result of the virus and now he and Congress wants answers. 

"She'd originally predicted there would not be a shortage," said Deal. "And now it appears we're about about half the capacity of what we were originally told would be available. We don't know what the problem is and we want to find that out."

Deal sent Sebelius a letter expressing his concern. He wants to know what steps are being taken by the Administration to get the vaccine to state's that need it.


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