Childhood Vaccines in Short Supply

05/29/02 12:00AM



(Host) Vermont Senator Peter Shumlin wants Congress to investigate why there's a shortage of vaccines, especially for diseases affecting young children. Shumlin, who is running for lieutenant governor, says that some vaccines apparently in short supply are available to private medical practices for a higher price.

He pointed to Prevnar, a vaccine that protects against meningitis, ear aches and pneumonia. He says doctors have been told to limit their doses while the drug is available to private practices at a higher price.

The drug's manufacturer says a higher than expected demand for the vaccine caused the shortage. Shumlin and Middlebury pediatrician Doctor Jack Mayer today announced a resolution asking Congress to investigate.
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