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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to stockpile the pediatric influenza vaccine this year, to head off another shortage.
However, the particulars of the plan are still being worked out with the vaccine manufacturers and distributors, so the CDC was reluctant to discuss it in detail at press time, according to Dr. Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC's immunization services division.
"The real problem underlying last winter's vaccine shortage was that we don't have a good monitoring system for privately distributed vaccine," he told FAMILY PRACTICE NEWS.
With other childhood vaccines such as the MMR, the government purchases …