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Do you want to be among the first to receive this? HHS Buys ‘Experimental’ Glaxo Flu Vaccine. (AP):

U.S. health officials on Tuesday approved the importation of up to 4 million doses of influenza vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline, bringing the U.S. total to 65 million vaccines for this flu season.

The Health and Human Services Department said it would buy 1.2 million doses immediately, leaving another 2.8 million doses from the company available later in the flu season.

“With the latest purchase we will be able to protect more high-risk Americans this flu season in communities across the country,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said.

…Officials approved Glaxo’s vaccine, called Fluarix, as an investigational drug, which means patients will have to sign an informed consent form before receiving the shot.

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