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Washington OKs mercury in swine flu vaccine

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state Health Department will allow more mercury than usual in some of the swine flu vaccine to make sure shots are available to pregnant women and children under three.

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  • The department says mercury-free swine flu vaccine may not always be in stock, so it wants to give people the choice of using vaccine with the mercury preservative called thimerosal. While thimerosal is believed to be safe, most vaccines for children under six are thimerosal-free.

    The suspension of the mercury limit announced Thursday lasts six months and applies only to the swine flu vaccine expected to become available in October.

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    The first doses of the Swine Flu flu vaccine could be available even sooner than officials first thought.

    The Food and Drug Administration has given the okay to vaccines made by four drug companies.
    The first shipments could now come in early October.

    "A single dose of vaccine rapidly introduces strong immune response in healthy adults," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday.

    Sebelius told Congress the vaccine should eventually be available at 90,000 sites around the country.

    Doctors around the country are working on getting the word out to those patients that the vaccine could be in their offices soon.

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