Swine flu clinics delayed in Mass.
BOSTON -- Shipments of swine flu vaccine to Massachusetts are running about three weeks behind schedule, forcing many communities to cancel or postpone scheduled vaccine clinics.
Because of nationwide production delays, state health officials say Massachusetts is expected to receive 700,000 doses of the swine flu vaccine by the first week of November. They had projected 1.2 million doses being available by that time.
So far, the state has been focusing on vaccinating those at highest risk of flu complications, including pregnant women and young children.
But a number of cities and towns say they have exhausted their early supply of the nasal spray for the H1N1 virus.
Shortages are also reported in the seasonal vaccine for other flu strains.
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