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Unused flu vaccine going to waste

A lot of H1N1 vaccine people were clamoring for last fall is sitting unused in public health departments around the country. If not distributed by the time it expires, it will be medical waste.

A lot of H1N1 vaccine people were clamoring for last fall is sitting unused in public health departments around the country. If not distributed by the time it expires, it will be medical waste.

In Wisconsin about one-fifth of the population was inoculated against H1N1. The state's chief doctor, Seth Foldy, says there's still plenty of vaccine to go around, but demand has slowed. He says human behavior shows people want something more when there's a shortage, rather than an adequate supply as there is now with the H1N1 vaccine, which helps explain the lack of demand.

Only six people in Wisconsin with H1N1 have been hospitalized since January but health officials caution the pandemic is not over. There was a recent increase of H1N1 hospitalizations in Georgia, and surrounding states are showing higher rates of influenza.

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