US Surgeon General says Higher Demand for Flu Shots Due to Shortage

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Speaking at the state Capitol, Doctor Carmona said publicity about the rejection two weeks ago of a huge batch of vaccine in England has caused an unexpected early season rush for shots. CUT: Carmona :15 Doctor Carmona said he expects 61 million doses will be available this winter, but that healthy, low risk Americans should forgo getting flu shots. He said the Bush Administration has increased federal funding for flu-related activities – including vaccine purchases – by six hundred per cent since taking office. Carmona, who was appointed Surgeon General by President Bush, insisted his visit to the Capitol was not political. SOC