Swine Flu Vaccine Starts for Kids

But expect long waits around the country amid high demand
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 2:25 PM CDT
A healthcare provider uses an empty sample sprayer to demonstrate how to administer FluMist.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Children around the country began receiving the first doses of swine flu vaccine, a day after hospitals and health care facilities began immunizing their workers. But medical facilities in only 14 states have so far received the vaccine—so far all as a nasal spray—and high demand means it could be weeks or even months before supply catches up, reports ABC.

Anecdotal evidence suggests doctors' offices are being swamped by callers. "As many people who can grab calls have been," said a nurse at a pediatric center near New York City. It's unclear what criteria is being used to dole out the vaccine. A Tennessee official thinks a Memphis-area hospital received doses because the city has been hard hit—“It would make good sense,” she says—while an Indiana health official employs more prosaic reasoning. The state, she says, was “one of the first states that had their paperwork in very quickly.”