"There was no smallpox outbreak in the U.S. last year, yet the government stockpiled 300 million doses of smallpox vaccine. Each year, about 200,000 Americans are hospitalized and 36,000 die from influenza. Yet the country has only about 55 million doses of flu vaccine this year, roughly 45 million short of meeting the demand. It doesn't make sense. While the flu vaccine ... must be designed each flu season to fight anticipated virus strains, (it's) needed every year. As the severity of this year's flu-vaccine shortage becomes more apparent, it underscores the failure of the federal government to protect public health."
-Des Moines (Iowa) Register