The Vaccine Mess Alert
Oct 6, 2004 -- The sudden shortfall in flu vaccine has prompted the US Department of Health and Human Services to issue a press release. In it HHS admits that the situation presents "a serious challenge to our vaccine supply for the upcoming flu season."
We present the HHS press release (below) and our view of the situation.
A "Serious Challenge"
Tommy Thompson, secretary of HHS echoed the challenge theme at his news conference yesterday, saying: "This is very disappointing news that creates a serious challenge to our vaccine supply for the upcoming season."
In fact, back in August, contamination was found. It involved a type of bacteria called Serratia. This type of bacteria is commonly found in the environment. It occurs on plants, in soil, and in water.