FDA Approves Swine Flu Vaccine

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The new swine flu vaccine is getting a green light from the Food and Drug Administration.

The newly approved serum will be available in limited supplies starting the first week of October. That's about a week earlier than expected.

About 45 million doses should arrive around mid-October with more shipments coming in each following week.

"We are getting 30,000 doses, which isn't a lot. This is just the initial dose, a couple of weeks later we will get more, and we will keep getting more as the year goes on," Melissa Tucker, Director of Epidemiology for the Mobile Health Department," told Pensacola's Fox 10 News.

The first 30,000 are to be reserved for specific groups.

"Our main focus is the children, all those 30,000 doses are going to the schools, to pregnant women, and to mothers who are taking care of children younger than 6 months old, which is our target group right now, none of these are going to adults right now," Tucker said.

Meanwhile, colleges across the country are stepping up their efforts to combat the virus.

A third college student recently died from complications related to swine flu.

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