ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Barnes-Jewish Hospital has canceled three dates for free seasonal flu shots because of higher-than-expected demand and a national shortage of vaccine.
However, the St. Louis medical center has not dropped other planned dates through October.
Spokesman Jason Merrill says Barnes-Jewish and neighboring St. Louis Children's Hospital gave out vaccine to more than 20,000 adults and children over three days this week, or 30 percent more than previous years. They started out with 35,000 shots.
Officials attribute the high demand to the national seasonal flu vaccine shortage, increased awareness of the flu because of the swine flu, and a high unemployment rate.
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APTV 10-08-09 1139CDT