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United States Has 71 Million Unused Swine Flu Vaccine Doses

For a country that's struggling to come out of economic recession, the United States might be said to be wasteful when it comes to the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. The US has 71 million excess doses of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, despite the threat having peaked months ago.

The government is waiting for the new season of flu vaccines to arrive before destroying the excess doses they have in their possession.

According to Health and Human Services Department spokesman Bill Hall:

"We have asked states to hold on to any vaccine that has not expired, in case we continue to have regional upticks in disease, another wave, or another early start to the flu season. We are holding onto that vaccine (and advising states and vaccinators to hold onto theirs) until there is sufficient seasonal vaccine (which includes coverage for the 2009 H1N1 virus) to replace it."

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