Widespread flu in United States exposes shortage of vaccine

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:8
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The United States was left facing a shortage of influenza vaccine in the run up to Christmas, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported flu in all 50 states. As the BMJ went to press just before Christmas, 42 children had died from the disease.

    The flu was mainly type A and was widespread in 24 states, “regional” in 15, local in six, and sporadic in five.

    Early on, western states such as Texas and Colorado were badly affected. Schools in Ohio and Idaho were closed for as long as five …

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