WASHINGTON-Swine flu infections in the United States will be past their peak when (A)H1N1 vaccine becomes readily available, a top health official said Wednesday.
"It is likely that the current wave of infection will peak, crest and begin to decline before there are ample supplies," Thomas Frieden,(picture left) director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told lawmakers at a briefing.
"Currently we are continuing to see virus activity and the number of people getting sick increase in many states, although it has already begun to decrease in other states, particularly in the southeast," Frieden said.
"Whether there will be another wave of H1N1 between now and May when the flu season ends or whether we'll get another strain of influenza, only time will tell," he told the briefing called to address a serious shortage of vaccine in the United States.
Nicole Kunka, a staff member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, said the government had fallen "miserably short" of its H1N1 vaccine production goal...