Despite vast expansion of the vaccine supply recently, the race to immunize has not picked up proportionately . With well over 111 million doses available, only some 60 million have been used to date. These numbers reflect a certain fatigue on the a part of the public over swine flu news, a concern born of misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine and an overblown anxiety about potential side-effects. To date, side effects have been few and consistent with the annual seasonal flu vaccination programs. Health officials continue to urge the public to seek vaccination in order to prevent a feared third wave of the infection . . .
At least 60 million Americans have received the swine flu vaccine out of 111 million doses available as of this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. Swine flu rates have declined for 7 straight weeks and are at their lowest level since pupils returned to classes in September. Flu season in the Northern Hemisphere usually peaks in January and February, and Americans should get the swine flu vaccine to protect against the possibility of resurgence. The vaccine to fight the H1N1 virus is plentiful after weeks of short supply, and long lines have largely disappeared at clinics, pharmacies and doctors’ offices. But as infections have slowed, government officials now are trying to persuade more Americans they need the vaccine. Only 20% of children received a swine-flu shot when it was offered at Alabama elementary schools recently, and part of the reason for the tepid demand appears to be “H1N1 fatigue.,”
Swine Flu Vaccine Administered to 60 Million in U.S – http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aLU1SHriIVyI
60 million in U.S. vaccinated against swine flu; About half of Americans say they want the vaccine, but half still say no – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34525214/ns/health-cold_and_flu/
U.S. Urges H1N1 Shots as Supplies Surge – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126150314633801635.html