Thursday, November 5, 2009

Flu shots for Wall Street stirs ire in New York | U.S. | Reuters

Flu shots for Wall Street stirs ire in New York | U.S. | Reuters: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City health officials scrambled to explain themselves on Thursday in the wake of media reports about bankers who got scarce H1N1 flu vaccines through their employers.

Members of Congress fired off letters demanding immediate explanations and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded state and city health officers of the need to make sure the most vulnerable people get shots first.

'I am concerned that the distribution of the vaccine is resulting in favored treatment for the privileged,' New Jersey Democratic Representative Frank Pallone said.

A shortage of H1N1 vaccines has frayed nerves, and public health departments across the country say they will not be able to meet the bulk of the demand until December or January.

The CDC estimates swine flu has infected more than five million people and it is documented as having killed 1,000."

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