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H1N1 vaccination plans in the works

July 10, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

U.S. swine flu vaccinations could begin in October with children among the first in line, the Obama administration said as the president and his Cabinet urged states to figure out now how they'll tackle the virus' all-but-certain resurgence in the fall.

No final decision has been made on whether to vaccinate Americans, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius emphasized. That depends largely on studies with experimental batches set to start in early August.

If all goes well, the federal government will buy vaccine from manufacturers and share it at no cost among the states. First in line probably will be school-age children, young adults with risky conditions such as asthma, pregnant women and health workers.

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