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Another delay is in developing the test needed to make sure doses are at the proper strength before they're cleared for use.
The problem is with swine flu vaccine, not vaccine against the regular winter flu. Unlike its new cousin, regular flu is riskiest for older adults. Those inoculations already are beginning in parts of the country, and there is ample supply of seasonal vaccine.
As for the swine flu -- also known as H1N1 flu, for its viral family -- nearly 160 million people are in the groups to get priority for vaccination. But health officials don't expect nearly that much demand, especially since while swine flu can kill, for most people it appears to be a milder disease than regular flu. Traditionally, only about 40 percent of people recommended to get regular flu vaccine do so.
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