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Outdated vaccine production fed swine flu hysteria

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Health officials, scrambling to respond last year to outbreaks of a never-before-seen virus, badly misjudged demand for the swine flu vaccine.

The federal government ordered nearly 200 million doses – double the amount of seasonal flu vaccine produced each year.

The anticipated demand never materialized, and now the government faces the prospect of having to chuck more than 43 percent of the supply that has expired or will soon.

In hindsight, the clamor for vaccine looks foolish. But emerging pandemics don’t lend themselves to official caution. The first rule of knocking down an infectious disease outbreak is: Better an overreaction than getting caught short.

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Parental apathy over swine flu

This is disturbing: A poll of 1,678 U.S. parents found that only four in 10 are planning to get their child immunized against the H1N1 virus.

Less than half of those people who aren’t getting their kids vaccinated told the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital that they are not worried about their child becoming ill with the virus. That leaves a whole lot of other parents who appear to acknowledge their kid could get sick, but still won’t give them the shot.

Washington state’s decision yesterday to suspend its rules about the levels of mercury

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