Vaccine Safety

POSTED: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm

As more Swine Flu vaccine goes public, national health experts are trying to assure us all that the vaccine is safe.

The CDC says nearly all of the 2.5 million doses of Swine Flu vaccine that is ready to go has been ordered. It's the nasal spray. The CDC director says deliveries have arrived in Texas, New York, Utah, Georgia, and other states.

"It will work to protect you if you get it in time."

But getting it can be a challenge. In many areas like Dallas County, the first doses are going to health care workers. Cloris Robinson works for Dallas County and says phones are ringing off the hook...

"Where is it, where can we go get it, when is it start, how much its gonna be?"

In Georgia, Lori Casey's kids got the vaccine

"We're expecting our third baby in the next couple weeks so we just felt like we wanted to keep everybody healthy."

But polls show many Americans won't get the vaccine. They are worried about safety...

"Some pediatricians say they wouldn't give it to their own kids and so I'd say it's too scary I'd say."

Today, the head of the CDC went on the offensive to reassure Americans the vaccine is safe...

"We have cut no corners. This flu vaccine is made as flu vaccine is made each year. By the same companies, in the same production facilities, with the same procedures, with the same safety safeguards."

And while no problems are anticipated, he admitted because the vaccine is still being tested, it could take a while for problems to surface.

The injectable version of the vaccine will be shipped next week.
The vaccine should be widely available by the middle of this month.

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