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H1N1 flu vaccine scarcer than expected for now

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is warning that H1N1 flu vaccine supplies will be even more scarce than expected through this month.

Manufacturer delays mean 28 million to 30 million doses, at most, will be divided around the country by the end of the month, not the 40 million-plus that states had been expecting. The new count from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means anxiously awaited flu-shot clinics in some parts of the country may have to be postponed.

H1N1 Influenza is causing unprecedented illness for so early in the fall. Especially worrisome is the number of child deaths.

The CDC says 86 children have died of swine flu in the U.S. -- 43 of those deaths reported in September and early October alone.

Overall, what the CDC calls the 2009 H1N1 flu is causing widespread disease in 41 states, and about 6 percent of all doctor visits are for flu-like illness. Those levels are not normally seen until much later in the fall.

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