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Flu Season / Vaccine Shortage #743794

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 11, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(New York: Robert Bazell) The flu vaccine shortage featured; details given about the government’s purchase of extra flu vaccine doses for high-risk people; scenes shown of people in lines for the vaccine in Chicago; map shown of states with widespread infection. [Albany Medical Center pediatrician Dr. George PASCUAL†- comments on the shots being given only to staff who work with children.] [CDC Dr. Julie GERBERDING†- outlines the highest priority populations.] [Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Center Dr. Gregory POLAND†– comments on the spread of the virus.] The closing of several school districts, including St. Johnsville, New York, & Cincinnati, because of the flu noted. The death from the flu of Massachusetts college student Jeffery Donohue†† reported.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) More coverage of the flu outbreak tomorrow on “NBC Nightly News” noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Bazell, Robert

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