CDC Denies That It Is Running Out of Flu Vaccine
The federal Centers for Disease Control Friday downplayed reports by flu-vaccine distributors that the early winter flu season is draining the supply of vaccine.
The CDC said that, although there are shortages in some areas, there is still enough vaccine available for the people the flu threatens the most--the elderly and people with chronic lung and heart disorders.
The New York Times reported Friday that vaccine makers say they have sold virtually all of it. But the companies refused to say how much they produced. The Atlanta-based CDC had estimated that vaccine production this year was enough for 30 million people.