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Bracing for the Coming Flu Season

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Bracing for the Coming Flu Season

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Bracing for the Coming Flu Season

Bracing for the Coming Flu Season

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NPR's Richard Knox reports on the contamination of flu vaccines manufactured by Chrion. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the contamination was detected early enough in the manufacturing process to avoid a vaccine shortage similar to the one which occurred last year. But it also illustrates how nervous and on edge public health officials are as they prepare for the coming flu season. Against the backdrop of World Health Organization reports of avian flu in pigs, the question scientists are pondering is whether we are in for a normal flu season or a really bad one.