Excess of Vaccines, the Biggest Challenge
All the top U. S. public health leaders at the conference saw the eye to eye on Friday, regarding the fact that that people have stopped being vaccinated and now how the surplus vaccines of H1N1 swine flu to be used, is the one of the biggest challenges. Earlier people were bawling for H1N1 vaccines, but only a few came for vaccination.
"The truth is for this pandemic we had about the longest warning we might ever have for a potential bio-threat. And yet we all lament how long it took for vaccine to be made", said Dr. Nicole Lurie, who heads preparedness at the Health and Human Services Department.
About 12,000 Americans have been killed by the H1N1 virus and nearly 250,000 patients have been hospitalized, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to CDC about more than half the U. S. population should have been vaccinated and 250 million vaccines had been ordered but the scheduled didn't happen.
"We told people to prepare to be vaccinated in October and then we didn't show up with vaccine", said Texas State Health Commissioner David Lakey.
To make available free H1N1 vaccinations to students upto age 9 and to those who require their second dose, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will to three public schools.