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"There was not a lot of details by the federal government about how to how get this done. It was really left up to the states," said Andrew Pekosz, a flu expert at Johns Hopkins University.
"Some states were more efficient," said Jim Cohn, a spokesman for Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain and a large provider of swine flu vaccinations.
The CDC reports also found:
37 percent of children were vaccinated. Again, the rate was highest in Rhode Island, about 85 percent. Georgia had the lowest rate, about 21 percent.
33 percent of people in priority groups got the vaccine. That includes children and young adults, health care workers, pregnant women and those with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for complications.
62 percent of health care workers got seasonal flu vaccinations, according to an Internet-based survey of about 1,400 health care workers. The highest previous rate for health care workers was just shy of 50 percent.
37 percent of health care workers got swine flu vaccinations.
Since it was first identified last April, swine flu has sickened about 60 million Americans, hospitalized 265,000 and killed about 12,000. The U.S. death toll from the new H1N1 virus, declared a global epidemic, is about one-third of the estimated deaths from a regular flu season.
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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/
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