DALLAS – Very few people in North Texas are getting the H1N1 flu vaccine because there’s just not enough of it to go around.
Experts said the virus used to make the vaccine is taking longer to grow than originally expected.
“This is a virus and it takes time to grow that out. And anytime you slow down the growth rate the less virus you’ll have and it takes longer,” said Dr. Jerry Simecka at UNT’s Health Science Center.
Besides taking longer to produce, the vaccine had to go through rigorous testing before it was released.
“[They had] to test it and make sure it’s safe,” Dr. Simecka said. “The worst thing to do is put out a vaccine that causes more harm than good.”