As the H1N1 vaccine supply still struggles to meet demand, the majority of people who have tried to get vaccinated and couldn’t said they will try again this year, according to a new poll from the Harvard School of Public Health. The poll said about 30% of adults who tried to get the vaccine were successful, while just 34% of parents said they were able to get it for their children The poll was conducted by telephone from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. The study’s findings were mentioned during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly news conference about the virus. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said it’s understandable that it was difficult for people to find the vaccine during the time of the poll, but added that nine out of 10 people said they would try again. Meanwhile, Schuchat said there are now
38 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine available, which is about twice as much as the amount available two weeks ago. Schuchat said if all goes well, the CDC expects to have another 8 million doses available by this week. For more on public health, see story, p. 6.