Tuesday, November 3, 2009

News: Kids Will Need Two Doses of H1N1 Flu Vaccine

Kids will need two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine

Mon Nov 2, 2009 10:34pm EST
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Up to 30 million doses of vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 flu have been delivered to the U.S. government and production is now picking up, officials said on Monday. But they said more studies confirm that children under the age of 9 will need two doses to be fully protected.

And studies in pregnant women, one of the groups most vulnerable to swine flu, show no indication of side effects from the vaccine.

The U.S. government is working to make vaccines and drugs available to fight the pandemic while countering fears about safety and criticisms that officials were too optimistic in predicting how quickly the vaccine would be ready.

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