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May 6, 2010 4:16 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

70 million doses of vaccine going bad

Over 70 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine remain unused. Those vaccines will expire soon.

According to a spokesman from Health and Human services, the doses of swine flu vaccine are in the hands of states, distributors and manufacturers. Officials at h-h-s are asking providers to hang on to the vaccine until the seasonal flu shot becomes available.

Health experts are still recommending the vaccine for people who have not received it -- there are cases circulating and there could be another wave of the virus.

The vaccine has a shelf life anywhere from 18 weeks to 18 months, depending on who made it.

The H1N1 virus will be included in the seasonal flu shot in 2010.

 

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