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Officials to stockpile flu shots

April 13, 2004

(Atlanta-AP) -- Federal health officials say a stockpile of flu shots will be available for children in the next flu season.

Doctor Stephen Cochi of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that about four million doses will be available for children. The government is setting aside 40 million dollars for each of the next two years for the stockpile.

The nation experienced shortages of flu shots this season because of concerns this year's flu strain was more severe than in recent years. Cochi says many doctors and state health departments had flu shot shortages.

This flu season, 143 children died of the flu, causing concern nationwide. Most of the children had no health problems prior to getting the flu, and most had not received a flu shot.

But Cochi says this year's numbers of child flu deaths were not higher than in an average year.

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