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FDA Considers IL Request For British Vaccines

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Gov. Blagojevich (KWMU photo)

By AP / KWMU

Springfield, IL – Blagojevich sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking officials to sign off on his tentative deal to buy at least 62,000 flu shots.

The vaccine would be given to Illinois nursing home residents and children in hospitals.

But Dr. Bruce Gellin with the government's National Vaccine Program says Blagojevich's vaccine might not be effective.

FDA acting commissioner Lester Crawford says his agency would have to make sure any imported vaccine is safe before approving its use.

The U.S. supply of flu vaccine became scarce after British manufacturer Chiron was barred from shipping any of its doses because of contamination.

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