Pending cases of H1N1 in Columbus Co.

Posted by Debra Worley - email

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - There are two pending cases of the H1N1 virus in Columbus County.

According to County Health Department Director Kim Smith, two people were admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms.  Test results are expected to arrive early next week.

So far there have been four confirmed cases of H1N1.  All the patients have since recovered. Smith said their ages range from 9 to 40.

According to U.S. officials, the first big rollout of a vaccine for the flu strain will be much smaller than originally planned.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said 45 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine will be ready in October, rather than the 120 million doses previously expected.

After that, 20 million doses will be delivered each week, until all of the vaccine HHS purchased is in: roughly 195 million doses overall.

Delays in manufacturing and packaging of the vaccines are to blame.

CDC officials say pregnant women and health care workers should be first in line to get the two-dose vaccine, followed by school-age children and teenagers.

Clinical trials of the vaccine are underway in the United States, it could be approved as early as September.

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