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Government approves H1N1 vaccine

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) -- The Food and Drug Administration approved the new H1N1 vaccine on Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to get vaccinations under way next month.

Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, announced the vaccine's approval to Congress and hopes to get the first limited supplies distributed in early October.

The bulk of vaccine will start arriving Oct. 15, and Sebelius said eventually it should be available at 90,000 sites around the country.

Sebelius says there will be enough vaccine available for everyone eventually, but certain groups are pushed to the front of the line, including children and pregnant women.

The University of Iowa has been one of 8 testing sites for the new vaccine.

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