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CDC: H1N1 Vaccine Efforts Not Meeting Goals

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the H1N1 flu's effects have already matched those of the seasonal flu. Ray Suarez reports.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    New data released today from U.S. and world health authorities show that the H1N1 virus extending its reach, and U.S. health officials admitted that vaccine production goals are falling short.

    Ray Suarez has our lead story report.

    DR. THOMAS FRIEDEN, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccine production is much less predictable than we would wish. We're nowhere near where we thought we would be by now. We're not near where the vaccine manufacturers predicted we would be.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    That acknowledgement came today from the Centers for Disease Control director's, Thomas Frieden.

  • DR. THOMAS FRIEDEN:

    The vaccine strains of the virus grow, and that's how we develop vaccine. Even if you yell at them, they don't grow faster.

  • WOMAN:

    We have about 100 doses of injectable left.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    The shortfall has caused many who wanted to get the vaccine to be turned away.

  • MAN:

    They said it was just for the younger people and the pregnant ladies.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    The CDC said today most of those vaccinated have been children, and they are also more likely to become ill. At least 95 children have died since April.

    So far, H1N1 is responsible for more than 1,000 deaths in the U.S. since the spring. Typically, about 36,000 Americans die from seasonal flu each year. H1N1 is becoming more widespread. The CDC said, 46 states are now reporting flu activity.

    But Frieden downplayed a survey the Center released yesterday that found one in five children had symptoms of a flu.

  • DR. THOMAS FRIEDEN:

    That is very different from saying that they have had H1N1 influenza. And a much smaller proportion — and we don't know how much smaller — would have had H1N1 influenza. We have seen in certain communities with lots of H1N1 influenza that the peak attack rate can be as high one in five in children at the peak of the activity.

    But I don't think that's what those data show. Those data simply show that kids get a lot of infections.

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