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Flu vaccine supply takes hit

August 27, 2004

Atlanta-- The nation's expected supply of 100 million doses of flu vaccine took a big hit when a major manufacturer said it found tainted doses in its factory.

Now the manufacturer is temporarily holding back about 50 million doses.

California-based Chiron says its factory will be able to make up the difference, but the vaccines will be delayed about 30 days.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Center For Disease Control And Prevention said that she believes everyone who needs a vaccination will be able to get one. "We're working hard with all of our partners and manufacturers to make sure that it is delivered as soon as it can be, so that we have the best lead time to inform people and get folks orchestrated to receive their vaccine."

Gerberding said that supply outweighs demand even in years with aggressive vaccination programs. The Chiron CEO said the tainted doses were found in a small number of batches at a factory in England.

posted at 4:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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