A top official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there could be 10 million to 12 million fewer doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine available than the Atlanta-based agency had expected by the end of October. “Some manufacturers have let us know that production might be delayed in future weeks,” Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news conference. Separately, a New York judge granted a temporary restraining order to the New York State Public Employees Federation, which had sued the state to block a policy requiring flu vaccinations of healthcare workers by Nov. 30, the union reported on Oct. 16. The judge will hear arguments on Oct. 30. (For more on how providers are preparing for H1N1, see p. 28. For more on another group of nurses were planning to sue over the order, see p. 17.)
Late News: H1N1 vaccine production could fall short by 12 million doses
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