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Some Pharmacists Confused About H1N1 Vaccine

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David Posner runs an independent pharmacy in Bethesda, Maryland. He's one of many area pharmacists who are uneasy about an impending flu outbreak.

Posner's main concern is in the roll out of the swine flu vaccine. Federal government health officials plan to distribute it through the states in coming weeks. Posner has heard rumors the vaccinations can't be distributed across state lines, making it difficult for pharmacists to share their surpluses.

"I have a buddy in Virginia," he says, "But I'm not sure I'm going to be able to use his supply, if he gets some, to vaccinate people in Maryland. The guidelines haven't really come out as to what you can do and what you can't do."

A Maryland health official later confirmed this. Pharmacists cannot send the vaccinations outside the state. But the official said residents of D.C., Maryland and Virginia can receive the vaccination anywhere in the Washington region, thanks to a multi-jurisdictional agreement.

David Schultz reports...


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