- November 25th 2011
The unexpected delays in producing influenza (A)H1N1 vaccine, coupled with the virus' rapid spread, have left doctors nationwide scrambling to determine how to allocate meager vaccine supplies, and manage offices full of sick and worried patients and their families.
"People are scared. People are frightened. And they're feeling like, 'Oh my God, I need the vaccine and it's not available,' " said John Sage, MD, a family physician and medical staff president at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.
As of Oct. 23, around 11.3 million vaccine doses had been shipped to communities across the country, which is "nowhere near" the amount the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expected to have in circulation by then, said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH.
Meanwhile, the H1N1 virus has swelled to epidemic levels nationwide -- pandemic globally -- with widespread flu activity reported in 46 states by Oct. 17.
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