Only a third of Americans can get a swine flu shot. 67% can’t, according to a new poll.
One of the reasons given was that half of those who tried to get a shot couldn’t find out where to get it.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress Wednesday that delays in the release of H1N1 vaccines have shown that the United States is far too dependent on other countries for the manufacture of vaccines, and that vaccine technology must be improved.
Four of the five manufacturers of H1N1 vaccines are foreign companies.
Officials had originally projected that 40 million doses of the vaccine would be available by the end of October, but due to what Sebelius called “glitches” in the manufacturing process, just 11 million doses have been made available so far, and officials estimate that a total 28 to 30 million doses will be available by the end of the month.
Some expressed even greater concern that the lag in vaccine production could mean the H1N1 flu shots will arrive too late to do any good, citing a recent study that predicts that the most cases of “swine flu” infection will occur this week.
The study by researchers at Purdue University projects that 63 percent of the population will be infected by the end of this year, with 8 percent being infected this week and 3 percent actually falling ill. While less than half of those infected will actually fall ill, infected individuals can carry and spread the virus.
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