Federal officials said the flu has hit hard in 24 states, nearly twice as many as last week, and more than 100,000 doses of the flu vaccine would be rushed across the country to combat vaccine shortages. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said the government has arranged for 100,000 doses of adult vaccine to be shipped from Aventis Pasteur immediately and distributed based on each state's population. In addition, 150,000 doses of children's vaccine were expected to be shipped to the states by January, Thompson said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu has hit all 50 states at least sporadically, and the season has not yet peaked. Almost the entire western half of the country is now considered to have widespread flu. -- Associated Press
Flu widespread in western half of U.S.: CDC
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