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She noted she got her own seasonal flu shot Friday at a school in nearby Alexandria, Va.
Why bother with the seasonal shot, since nearly all the current flu cases are swine flu?
"The fact that the (seasonal) virus is not circulating now is absolutely no reason not to get vaccinated," Fauci said. "You would hope that you would get vaccinated before the seasonal flu is circulating so you will have an immune response."
Fauci said it still appears the bulk of the swine flu vaccine will be available in mid-October, though there is a possibility some may be available sooner, "we hope."
"The disease is increasing already and it is still a bit of a race to get the vaccine out there ahead of the disease," Schuchat said.
Even with the swine flu spreading now there will still be plenty of need for the vaccine, the officials stressed.
One dose means tight supplies of H1N1 vaccine won't be stretched so thin after all. The U.S. has ordered 195 million doses, based on the hope that 15 micrograms was indeed the right dose. Had it taken twice that dosage, or two shots apiece, half as many people could have received the vaccine.
The CDC reported Friday that last week influenza was widespread in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Guam. Only New Hampshire and Rhode Island had no flu cases last week.
On the Net:
Flu information: http://www.flu.gov/
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