With cases of H1N1 starting to pile up in Connecticut, Governor Jodi Rell says the state needs to know when the federal government plans to ship more flu vaccine. Says state officials were told in July to expect about 500,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine by mid-October. But it only received over 127,000 doses, and Rell says the holdup is trying the patience of health officials statewide.
In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius late last week, Governor Rell wrote that the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines need to be expedited, and that the entire vaccine production and distribution system should be overhauled in the future. Rell says it's not only hitches in the distribution of the vaccine, but the outdated way the vaccine is produced that is causing the delay.
Rell says as the vaccine arrives, the state will follow CDC guidelines and administer the vaccine first to pregnant women, then children 6 months to 4 years, then school age children and adolescents, and finally the rest of the population.