California Faces A Shortage Of H1N1 Vaccinations While Death Toll Rises

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Health Officials say the H1N1 death toll is rising in California while the state copes with a vaccine shortage.

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
State Epidemiologist Gil Chavez says California should have received more than six-million doses of H1N1 Swine Flu vaccinations so far.

But, he says only half of them have been delivered because there’s a backlog of orders with the Centers for Disease Control. Chavez says the state has ordered another half-million vaccinations.   He says they’ll be distributed as soon as
they arrive next week...
Chavez: 11 seconds   “We don’t want any vaccine to be sitting in a warehouse. We want the vaccine to be given to the public. And, to be given to those who need it the most. So, that vaccines are given to people as soon as they reach the state so there is no vaccine that is not being used...” 
Chavez says 266 people have died from H1N1 in California. 

Another 48-hundred people have been hospitalized. 

Chavez says most of the outbreaks have been at schools, and he says young children are most likely to die from the disease.