An H1N1 vaccine is unlikely to be ready on time — or in sufficient quantity — to have much impact on its spread this fall.
Tom Randall with Bloomberg reports, “Just 45 million of 195 million doses ordered for the U.S. will be delivered by mid-October, said health officials who lowered their estimates yesterday. The vaccine will probably require two shots given three weeks apart, and the body won’t produce antibodies for two additional weeks, according to an Aug. 7 report by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
“’This has been a virus that’s been smoldering, particularly among children at the many summer camp outbreaks,’ said William Schaffner, of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. ‘There’s no doubt it’s coming, and we could see it as early as September. Every pediatrician, internist and public health official is cross-eyed’ with worry, he said.”