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    Sebelius: Swine flu shots may start early October
    9/13/2009, 9:46 a.m. CDT
    The Associated Press

    (AP) WASHINGTON - The U.S. health secretary says Americans could begin receiving swine flu vaccine shots as early as the first week of October-which is sooner than expected.

    Kathleen Sebelius says the bulk of the vaccine is still scheduled for release nationwide by mid-October. But she says some early doses should begin rolling out sooner. She says the vaccine will be distributed directly to locations across the country and made available for immediate use.

    Sebelius says she is confident the swine flue shots will be available soon enough to effectively target the illness. She says success of a one-shot dose for healthy adults and a 10-day immune response to the vaccine will help contain the spread of the flu.

    Sebelius appeared on ABC's "This Week."


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    Re: Sebelius: Swine flu shots may start early October

    Sebelius says she is confident the swine flue shots will be available soon enough to effectively target the illness.
    Yes for her and her colleagues possibly.

    I notice she says "target the illness" and not "mitigate the epidemic"

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      Re: Sebelius: Swine flu shots may start early October

      Sebelius: Swine Flu Shots May Start Early October

      Early Doses Intended For Health Workers, High-Risk Groups

      POSTED: Sunday, September 13, 2009
      UPDATED: 2:51 pm EDT September 13, 2009


      WASHINGTON -- The nation's first round of swine flu shots could begin sooner than expected, with some vaccine available as early as the first week of October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday.

      Sebelius said she is confident the vaccine will be available early enough to beat the peak of the expected flu season this fall and that early doses are intended for health care workers and other high-priority groups.

      "We're on track to have an ample supply rolling by the middle of October. But we may have some early vaccine as early as the first full week in October. We'll get the vaccine out the door as fast as it rolls off the production line," she told ABC's "This Week."

      The possibility of early shots follows encouraging news from last week about the swine flu vaccine. Researchers have discovered that one dose instead of two could be enough for healthy adults, and protection could begin once vaccinated within 10 days instead of three weeks.

      "That's great, which means we'll have a lot more vaccine," she said. "We also have seen a robust immune response within 10 days, instead of three weeks as was feared."

      Sebelius said the vaccine doses will be distributed immediately to designated locations across the country once they are available.

      "Every state has a plan saying these are the sites to get the vaccine as quickly as possible into people's arms. That's where the distribution will go," she said.

      "So, the first week in October, we expect some of the vaccine to begin to roll, and by mid-October, to have the kind of supplies we were talking about. But we may have some available earlier. And we'll get it out to states as fast as it comes off the production lines," Sebelius said.

      One dose means tight supplies of H1N1 vaccine won't be stretched so badly. Had it taken twice that dose, or two shots apiece, half as many people could have received the vaccine.

      The winter flu vaccine is widely available now, and health authorities urged people last week to get shots now before swine flu shots start arriving.

      In addition to concerns about swine flu, doctors also expect some garden-variety flu this fall as well, an illness that typically kills 36,000 Americans and hospitalizes 200,000 each year.


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      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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