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Georgia gets more ammunition to fight the flu

December 16, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) --  State health officials say private doctors and public health clinics will receive nearly three-thousand doses of flu vaccine this week from the federal government's new supply.

The new doses will arrive when many health care providers in the metro Atlanta area have put people on a waiting list for the vaccine, which ran out last week amid a more virulent than normal flu season.

U.S. Health and Human Services officials purchased 250,000 doses of the vaccine from the French pharmaceutical company Aventis Pasteur following a larger than usual demand for flu shots.

The nation's two producers of flu shots reported earlier this month that they had shipped their entire supply of about 80 million doses -- and shortages began as an early and hard-hitting flu season prompted increased demand.

Of the 250,000 new doses, 100,000 doses are for adults and 150,000 doses are smaller doses for children. The children's vaccine won't arrive until January.

Most years, doctors and clinics end up with leftover vaccine, which cannot be saved for another season.

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