Health: Flu-Shot Anxiety

How to prepare for a winter season of vaccine shortages

JUST AS YOU WERE GETTING ready to roll up your sleeve for your annual flu shot, the government announced last week that there would not be enough serum to go around.

Why the shortage? Contamination problems in a Liverpool, England, plant prompted the British government to suspend the license of Chiron Corp., one of only two companies making flu vaccines for the U.S. market. Chiron was supposed to supply 46 million to 48 million of the U.S.'s total order of 100 million doses.

Are shots available now? Aventis, the other vaccine manufacturer, has released 30 million of its 54 million doses.

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