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Large Flu Vaccine Maker Closes, Tightening Supply

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Large Flu Vaccine Maker Closes, Tightening Supply

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Large Flu Vaccine Maker Closes, Tightening Supply

Large Flu Vaccine Maker Closes, Tightening Supply

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Vaccine Priority Guidelines

CDC advice on who should get flu vaccines:

  1. Children ages 6-23 months
  2. Adults over age 65
  3. Persons ages 2-64 with underlying chronic medical conditions
  4. All women who will be pregnant during influenza season
  5. Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  6. Children 6 months-18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy
  7. Health-care workers with direct patient care
  8. Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged under 6 months.

The closure of a major flu vaccine manufacturer will cause major shortages during the upcoming flu season, say health officials. Before its license was suspended, the Chiron Corp. intended to ship 48 million doses of flu vaccine to the United States. NPR's Richard Knox reports.