WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is telling the states
it's time to come up with a plan for vaccinating people against
Officials are bracing for a resurgence of the disease. They
expect swine flu vaccinations to be ready this fall.
President Barack Obama says the goal is to promote "vigilance
and preparation," not panic. He spoke by telephone to the National
Institutes of Health, where his Cabinet officials are leading a
swine flu summit with 500 state and local officials.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the meeting that studies with experimental
doses of a swine flu vaccine are set to start in early August, to
see if they're safe and seem to work. If all goes well, the vaccine
could start to roll out in mid-October.
Only limited amounts of vaccine will be available at first, so
Sebelius says planning will be required to make sure the right
people get the shots.