Flu Vaccine Shortage A Blessing In Disguise?

Posted by Clark Venable on 11/11/2004

The flu vaccine shortage of 2004 has focused national (if not world) attention on how we produce influenza vaccines, which companies produce them, and how vulnerable our present system is to interuptions. We haven't seen a major flu pandemic like those of 1918 or 1957 or 1968 yet. It's quite possible that changes to the system that result from the current shortage will make us more prepared for the next pandemic, whenever it comes. We may be seeing the early stages of it in Thailand and Vietnam in the form of bird flu....

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