U.S. swine flu vaccinations could begin in October with children among the first in line—at their local schools—the Obama administration said last week.
No final decision has been made on whether to vaccinate Americans, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stressed. That depends largely on studies with experimental batches that are set to start the first week of August.
But if all goes well, the federal government will buy vaccine from manufacturers and share it for free among the states. First in line probably will be school-age children, young adults with risky conditions such as asthma, pregnant women and health workers, Ms. Sebelius said.
A version of this article appeared in the July 15, 2009 edition of Education Week