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Governor orders more flu vaccinations

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[OCT. 25, 2004]  CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced today that his administration has negotiated a tentative agreement -- subject to approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- to immediately purchase at least 30,000 doses of flu vaccine from Europe for Illinoisans at critical risk.

The flu vaccine was made available to Illinois through wholesalers in the United Kingdom that the state has been in contact with through the governor's I-SaveRx program.

Illinois has negotiated an agreement to purchase the vaccine for $7 a dose, about 30 percent less than what is currently charged in the United States for the same vaccine.

[Media advisory from the governor's office]

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