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Flu outrunning vaccine, experts say

Washington Post, November 5, 2009

Two state and city public health officials briefing Congress said they don't expect to have enough pandemic-flu vaccine to meet the needs of their high-priority population groups until well into December, and possibly not until January. The officials said that their predictions are a result of vaccine shortages throughout the fall but that they amount to little more than guesses. Federal health officials at the briefing refused to endorse the timetable, although they acknowledged that the current wave of H1N1 influenza may be mostly over by the time the vaccine is abundant, the Washington Post reports.